More than 2 million Wisconsinites voted in the presidential primary election last month, but officials with the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin said the turnout could have been even greater if it weren’t for a lack of knowledge on the state’s voter ID law. Therefore, the nonpartisan organization is advising the Government Accountability Board to request for funding to educate people on Wisconsin’s new voter ID requirements. While Assembly Speaker Robin Vos recently said he wants to review the Government Accountability Board’s request for funding, another Republican state lawmaker has defended the measure and said the high turnout in the April presidential primary is verification that the law works and a voter ID education campaign is a waste of taxpayer dollars.
Andrea Kaminski, executive director of the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, said although they aren’t in favor of the law, Wisconsinites deserve to be educated on it since it’s too confusing and complicated.
“We felt that (the voter ID law) was unneeded, we felt that it did not address a real problem because there have been no cases of voter impersonation in Wisconsin, but it makes it impossible for some people to vote,” she said. “The League is doing all we can to help citizens comply with this law because we don’t want anyone to lose this vote.”
Nevertheless, state Rep. Bob Gannon, R-Slinger, said the only problem with voter ID is organizations asking for money to fix a problem that doesn’t exist. He said the voter ID law is “a simple change guaranteeing the integrity of the vote” as the 50-percent outcome for the presidential primary election proves so.