Senior citizens who don’t drive and University of Wisconsin students who depend on their student IDs to vote are among those who could be turned away from the polls on election days.
Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday signed into law a bill requiring voters to show some form of photo identification — such as a driver’s license, state-issued ID card, military or tribal ID or passport — before they can vote. College students can vote with a student ID that bears a signature and an expiration date within two years of the card’s issuance, but UW student IDs currently don’t fulfill that requirement.
Also, the only voters who can cast straight-party ballots are those living overseas or in the military, and anyone who changed residency fewer than 28 days before an election must vote in their former precincts.
People living in nursing homes, retirement homes and institutions are exempt from the law, as are victims of stalking and anyone who objects to having their photos taken for religious reasons.
All in all, central Wisconsin municipal clerks said the new law likely will lead to delays, headaches, additional costs and some voters who will be unable to cast ballots.