Workers at seven Division of Motor Vehicles stations across Wisconsin provided inaccurate or incomplete information about the availability of IDs for voting, newly released recordings show. “You’re not guaranteed to get an ID card. Nothing’s guaranteed,” a worker at the DMV station in Hudson told a woman on Wednesday. That conflicts with what Attorney General Brad Schimel’s office has claimed in court documents. His assistants have claimed all DMV workers have been trained to tell people they will get credentials for voting within six days, even if they don’t have birth certificates. The recordings could further roil litigation over Wisconsin’s voter ID law. On Friday, a federal judge ordered the state DMV to investigate an incident in which three DMV workers gave incorrect information about whether a Madison man could get an ID without a birth certificate. The recordings were made by the group VoteRiders, which assists voters in getting IDs and describes voter ID laws on its website as “challenging and confusing.”
Molly McGrath, the national campaign coordinator for VoteRiders, provided the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel with unedited recordings of 11 visits to DMV stations, including the one previously released that the judge has ordered to be reviewed.
She said the recordings highlighted the disconnect between what the attorney general is telling the court and what frontline workers are saying to those who face significant challenges acquiring IDs. “It seems like we’re in two parallel realities,” McGrath said.
Spokespeople for the DMV, the attorney general and Gov. Scott Walker did not immediately respond to requests for comment. They have not heard the new recordings, but in recent days they have expressed confidence in the training DMV workers have received.
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