CHICAGO – A federal appeals court has directed a lower court to consider the claims of voters who have trouble obtaining identification under Wisconsin’s strict voter ID law.

During oral arguments last week, the American Civil Liberties Union asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit to give voters that opportunity.

Sean Young, an attorney with the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project who argued the case, said:  “The court ruled that eligible voters facing difficulty obtaining ID have the right to challenge Wisconsin’s strict voter ID law. This ruling gives them the chance to go back to the lower court to make their case. This is a victory for the voters of Wisconsin.”

"The Appeals Court determined that just because it may be easy for most people to get ID, the state can't take voting rights away from people who have real difficulties getting ID," said Karyn Rotker, ACLU of Wisconsin Senior Staff Attorney