Skip to comments.Wisconsin Assembly passes GOP-backed voter ID bill
Posted on 05/12/2011 2:43:35 AM PDT by markomalley
The Wisconsin state Assembly passed a Republican-backed bill on Wednesday that will stiffen requirements for voter identification at polling places and was decried by Democrats as targeting their constituents.
The Assembly passed the bill by a vote of 60-35 and sent it on to the Senate, which is also controlled by Republicans. Democrats introduced more than 50 amendments, all of which failed.
The measure was expected to further split the partisan divisions in the state after the recent bruising battle over newly elected Republican governor Scott Walker's successful campaign to weaken public sector union bargaining rights.
Democrats said the new measure, which will require voters to show an approved photo ID before receiving their ballot, was aimed at discouraging many of their constituents, especially college students, rather than addressing vote fraud, which they said was not a serious problem in the state.
Under the legislation, voters will have to present a valid driver's license, passport, naturalization papers or tribal ID to obtain a ballot. Student IDs are allowed but will need a current address, birth date, signature and expiration date.
No college ID used in the state, including the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison, now meets those standards, opponents said. They also argued that the new rules will cost millions of dollars to implement.
Assembly Republican Majority Leader Scott Suder said the bill should not be a partisan issue because it is about protecting voter integrity.
"We are trying to make it more difficult to cheat," Suder said.
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When one of two sides is a screaming claque of thugs, "partisan divisions" are inevitable.
Last October leading up to the November vote, my daughter who is a registered Ohio voter (and had already voted absentee), was baraged every time she went outside of her dorm at a Pennsylvania college to register and vote in Pennsylvania.
Just have a half-dozen in your pocket and go for it. Biometrics here we come.
They whine about student IDs, but pretty much all of those kids had to have driver's licenses to even get to school.
Yes, that would be the long-standing divide between the pro and anti-vote fraud factions.
Woohoo! It’s a start!
It sure is! Keep ‘em comin’, Boys! :)
the penalty will be as harsh as it is for illegal aliens caught here, zippo.
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