Republican leaders are considering a move that could make it easier for Gov. Scott Walker to fight off a potential recall election in January.
The Legislature’s rules committee ended its meeting Tuesday without voting on two new Government Accountability Board (GAB) policies dealing with changes in technology and vagaries in the state’s new photo voter ID law. But the committee’s co-chairwoman said she heard enough testimony to warrant further investigation and possible action in the near future.
Sen. Leah Vukmir, R-Wauwatosa, said nothing she heard during the three-hour meeting allayed her fears about the new policies by the state’s election watchdog agency. Republican leaders say the rules endanger “clean, fair elections across the board in Wisconsin.”
But Democrats on Tuesday accused Republicans of running interference for the governor and trying to suppress voter participation.
In implementing the new voter ID law, officials with GAB decided to let college students use school IDs, providing those IDs included stickers with the following information: issuance date, expiration date, a signature and some form of identifying logo. IDs issued by technical and trade schools would not be valid.