Wisconsin Voter ID Bill Moves Along

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011 at 6:46 am

The bill that would require voters to show a photo ID at the polls in Wisconsin has now been approved by an Assembly committee.

Next, the measure moves on to the full Assembly after having been blocked for years by Democrats who argue it will disenfranchise voters. Republican backers say it will cut down on voter fraud, even though very few examples of fraud have been reported.

The Associated Press reports the measure was approved by the committee along party lines. However, the bill was expanded to allow IDs for students and public and private colleges and universities as long as they include a current address, signature, birthdate and expiration date.

Democrats raised concerns, noting that IDs currently used at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and other colleges and universities would not qualify.

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