Following a recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to block its implementation, voters are not required to show a photo ID to cast a ballot in Wisconsin, but that could change after November. Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) criticizes the GOP for trying to make it harder for people to vote. “The Republicans, the last two sessions, have passed restriction after restriction and impediment after impediment to make it harder for people to vote.” The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last week that executing Wisconsin’s voter ID law would cause too much confusion this close to Election Day. The high court did not rule on the merits of the law, however. That means photo ID could be implemented after the fall elections. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) is confident it will. He calls this move a “temporary delay.”
“I’ve been confident from the very beginning. It’s just unfortunately taking a whole lot longer than it should. It’s had a whole lot of twists and turns,” Vos says, “but at the end of the day I am confident that voter IDs will be in Wisconsin just as they are in 30 other states.”
Barca concedes implementing a photo ID requirement in Wisconsin is a possibility in the future, but says it’s “a solution in search of a problem.”
“Could you have a constitutional voter ID? You certainly could. Some states have it,” Barca says, but asks, “Is it necessary? I don’t believe it’s necessary.” He says if it were to be enforced, he believes it should be “extremely easy and simple for people.”
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