Walker Signs Voter ID Requirement Into Law

Thursday, May 26th, 2011 at 7:06 am

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has signed into law a requirement that Wisconsin voters show photo identification at the polls.

Walker signed the bill Wednesday at the Capitol in Madison.

WMTV reports that about 50 protesters yelled “Recall Walker!” outside the room where Walker signed it.

It marks the end of an eight-year push by Republicans to enact the photo ID requirement. They passed it three times when Democrat Jim Doyle was governor, but he vetoed it each time.

Republicans say the requirement is needed to combat voter fraud, while Democrats say it’s more about disenfranchising voters.

The requirement to show a photo ID when voting would take effect next year, but other changes affecting absentee voting and the ability to vote take effect immediately and would be in force for recall elections this summer.

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