Wisconsin might hold vote on voter ID card next year

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July 15, 2009

Wisconsin: Voters in Wauwatosa county in Wisconsin have called for an advisory referendum on whether Wisconsin should require all voters to show a state-issued ID before they're allowed. If the referendum question passes a Common Council committee's scrutiny, Wauwatosa will have been the first community to successfully bring the issue to the ballot. Alderwoman Jacqueline Jay said she originally called for the referendum because she wanted to see stronger strictures against voter fraud and so that "people...feel more confident in the voting requirements of our state."[1] The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on extremely similar issues elsewhere; in 2008, they ruled in Indiana that all voters have to present a government-issued driver's license or passport, which are provided by the state to resident citizens at no cost to them.

Opponents of the measure feel that it is a waste of time and resources, some saying that they would prefer every-day issues concentrated on, rather than one's which become pertinent every two years. Others have even said that requiring a state ID would discourage minorities and the elderly from voting regularly. This has been refuted by Alderwoman Jay when she pointed out that Indiana and Georgia, both of which require state IDs, saw the highest voter turnout in decades this past general election.[1]