A state law that requires voters to show a state-issued photo ID at the polls has been used only once since Governor Scott Walker signed it in 2011. Now known as Act 23, the Republican-backed law has seen its fair share of criticism. Including arguments that the law alienates minorities and the poor. Federal and state lawsuits have put its use on hold. Republican State Rep. Andre Jacque, R-De Pere, stands behind the law as a way of combating voter fraud. “The election that it was in place here, for Wisconsin, the training went well, everything worked well for that election,” said Jacque. Critics say the law forces those without state-issued photo IDs to get one from the DMV – albeit for free.
“It’s not a burdensome requirement and we’ve been very careful, I think, in terms of how we set up the legislation to make sure it wouldn’t be burdensome,” Jacque said.
However, that’s just what a Democratic Pennsylvania judge ruled last month. The judge ruled that Pennsylvania’s voter ID law, which also requires voters to show a photo ID, was burdensome.
Jacque says he doesn’t expect that ruling to impact the current lawsuits filed against the state.