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One Wisconsin Now May Sue Over Photo ID's

courtesy of southernstudies.org
courtesy of southernstudies.org

Madison, Wis. (Learfield) - A liberal group says it might file a lawsuit if Republicans pass a law that makes Wisconsin voters show photo I-D’s at the polls. Scot Ross, the head of One Wisconsin Now, says the mandate would make the state’s budget deficit grow, among other things. He says the state would have to expand the number of motor vehicle offices to provide enough access for people without driver’s licenses to get photo I-D’s. One of the bill’s co-sponsors, Assembly Republican Jeff Stone of Greendale, says the access issue will be addressed. Stone and Senate Republican Joe Leibham of Sheboygan said they would introduce both a regular bill and a constitutional amendment to require I-D’s at the polls. Stone said the amendment would make it harder for Democrats to repeal the mandate once they return to power down the road. Republican Governor Scott Walker has said he would sign the photo I-D requirement. Supporters say it would cut down on voter fraud. But Democrats and other critics say it would prevent people without driver’s licenses from voting – such as poor people and college students.