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It's ironic that state Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen tries to get the Wisconsin voter ID law reinstated just days after a new study shows that voter ID laws are neither effective nor needed.

A nationwide analysis of more than 2,000 alleged election fraud cases since 2000 shows that, while fraud has occurred, the rate is infinitesimal, and in-person voter impersonation on Election Day, which prompted 37 state legislatures, including Wisconsin, to enact or consider tough voter ID laws, is virtually non-existent. The study found just 10 cases of possible in-person voter fraud nationwide. More about the study may be found at http://nbcnews.to/O8ROW2.

It's becoming more and more obvious that combating nonexistent in-person voter fraud is not the real reason why some people want to require photo IDs at the polls. It's much more likely just a convenient way to keep certain people from voting — those who don't have IDs and are not likely to vote for their candidates. It's another costly American Legislative Exchange Council idea that's bad for Wisconsin.

— Shirley Haidinger, Madison

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