- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A sharply divided federal appeals court has issued dueling opinions explaining its ruling last week not to reconsider its decision allowing Wisconsin’s voter identification law to go into effect.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday issued the two opinions. Five judges on Friday said they wanted to hold a new hearing on the issue of whether the law should be allowed to take effect for the Nov. 4 election, while five other judges didn’t want to hold the hearing.

The deadlock means the decision by a three-judge panel on Sept. 12 to allow the law to take effect stands.

Judges not wanting the law to take effect immediately say it is impossible as a matter of common sense and logistics to inform voters of the requirement.

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