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State GOP wants to join lawsuit against Govt. Accountability Board

The state Republican Party is the latest group that wants to join Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen's lawsuit against the Government Accountability Board.

Van Hollen says he wants the Board to abide by federal law and review at least 241,000 voter registrations made since January of 2006.

The board says it only has to review certain registrations made since early August when the state's computerized voter list fully went online.

The GOP says it deserves to be part of the lawsuit because it's interested in stopping voter fraud. It also says voters should be required to show photo IDs at the polls - something Republicans failed to pass three times in the legislative process.

Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi will hold a hearing in the matter Wednesday. Democrats and labor unions have also asked to join the suit, saying they fear that voting will be suppressed.

The board also says Van Hollen is suing the same agency he represents in other cases and the judge should not allow that alleged conflict.