Senate Republicans gave initial approval early Wednesday to a bill requiring voters to show photo ID at the polls, but Democrats blocked a final vote on the measure until Thursday.
Senators signaled their approval of the bill on a voice vote, with Republicans who control the house voting for it and Democrats opposed. That vote came at 12:30 a.m., after more than 10 hours of debate, but Democrats used Senate rules to prevent the final vote.
Republicans said the requirement was needed to prevent voter fraud and boost confidence in election results. Democrats said there is no evidence of widespread voter fraud and predicted the bill would disenfranchise poor, elderly, minority and rural residents.
“What you really want to do is suppress the vote of people who don’t think like you or look like you,” Sen. Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) told Republicans.