With record turnout for the 2018 midterm election in Wisconsin, voting across the state went smoothly, according to a report released Thursday. But some issues were reported, including issues in Racine County. The report, compiled by the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Election Protection group, found problems in voting to be site-specific and limited, while issues around accessible voting equipment, staffing levels and questions about separate addresses for IDs and voter registration were observed at similar levels to the 2016 presidential election. The League of Women Voters had 217 volunteer observers submit observations from 388 polling sites across the state, consisting of 331 urban polling locations, 57 rural locations, 31 locations with a student population and eight locations that served tribal communities.
Several recommendations are included in the report, such as having the state require all municipalities to train new poll workers before their first election and improve the location and queuing of polling sites to prevent voters from having to wait outside.
The report said the sponsoring organizations believe the photo ID law “is an unnecessary and burdensome requirement that discourages and deters eligible voters from voting.”
… The report argues the provision would benefit people who often lack such documents, including young people who live with their parents, spouses who have no bills under their names and people who get mail delivered to a post office box.The Nov. 6 midterm election saw a 59.4 percent turnout among the state’s voting-age population, which was a record for midterm elections.