Wisconsin voters will be required to show identification at the polls before casting a ballot. Gov. Scott Walker signed the voter ID bill into law on Wednesday.
… The Government Accountability Board is already gearing up, preparing a $650,000 for public education campaign. “We will be working on developing billboards and television commercials and other sorts of communications to get the word out,” said Reid Magney of the Government Accountability Board.
Election officials around the state have to jump right in, especially those such as Milwaukee’s Sue Edman, who have Senate recall elections, just a little more than a month away.
“We’ve got a lot of community education that we have to do, not only on the voter ID, but there are a lot of other changes in the bill that affect election day activities, voter registration absentee voting, things like that, so we’re actually developing a plan to reach out to the voters of the city of Milwaukee to prepare them for 2012,” Edman said.
There are other quirks, such as an end to straight party ticket voting.
Election officials in Milwaukee have been brainstorming about how to reach voters to make sure they’re prepared. Edman said they’ve even tossed around the idea of a mobile DMV van that would go to city neighborhoods to issue identification cards.
Names won’t have to match exactly. Poll workers will be instructed to give some leeway with that and use some discretion. For example, Nick instead of Nicholas on one or the other would be OK.