Opponents of a new bill want more time to study the legislation that would require photo ID and repeal a ban on corporate campaign contributions. The new legislation, introduced as previous voter ID legislation is tied up in the courts, is 78 pages long, leaving may Democrats asking for more time to analyze it. Wisconsin’s voter ID law is currently tied up in the courts. Rep. Jeff Stone, R-Greendale, believes his revised bill would be constitutional. Those who can’t afford a photo ID would have to reveal to election officials their lack of income or sign an affidavit why they don’t have a birth certificate to get an ID: “This is very similar to Indiana’s current photo ID law that was held in the U.S. Supreme Court.”
Walworth County Clerk Kimberly Bushey says all the rule changes can be daunting. She ended her testimony to lawmakers with three words: “Simplify, simplify, simplify. Because we’re losing good people who are election officials out of fear, because the rules are hard.”
Opponents of the bill called for majority Republicans to slow down the process, and at least get a fiscal estimate of the cost to taxpayers before the Assembly elections committee votes on bill later this week. At 78 pages, the bill covers a lot.