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Wis. Gov. Walker Signs Law Requiring Voter Photo ID

Thursday, 26 May 2011 02:09 PM

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed into law new voting rules that include a controversial requirement to ask voters for photo ID. The new law, which Republicans have been pushing for more than a decade, has election officials gearing up for the changes, the Wisconsin State Journal reported
Thursday.

Wisconsin, Walker, photo, id, voterAs Walker signed the law Wednesday, he reminded the crowd that he had pushed for a similar bill when he was a state representative about 10 years ago.

“So contrary to what some have said, this has not been rushed,” he said. “Some bills take longer than others.”
The law “protects the integrity of every single vote,” he said.

With his signature, election officials face the challenge of meeting the new requirements in a recall election in two months.

“This will be a huge undertaking, to get everything and everybody ready,” said Diane Hermann-Brown, Sun Prairie city clerk and president of the Wisconsin Municipal Clerks Association. “We still have questions about how this will work.”

Wisconsin joins Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, and South Carolina as states that require photo identification when going to the polls. Democrats and Republican in Wisconsin have been battling over the voter ID issue for years.

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