Requiring every Wisconsin voter to show photo ID at the polls is going to be a top priority for the Republican-controlled legislature in the next session, according to incoming Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester). “I do think that having photo ID is something that is broadly supported by the public,” Vos said in an interview on Sunday with WISN’s Mike Gousha. “It’s something that I really hope we’re going to have in place by the next general election.”
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) signed voter ID into law last year. Voters who turned out for the 2012 presidential election, however, did not have to show such identification because courts have blocked the law from taking effect.
In July, Dane County Circuit Judge David Flanagan found that the GOP-pushed requirement creates a “substantial impairment of the right to vote,” a right guaranteed by the state constitution.
Vos said on Sunday he would be open to changing the state constitution in order for the law to pass scrutiny.