Advocates for seniors are holding education seminars for senior citizens to help educate them about Wisconsin’s new voter ID law, but some are concerned that effort may not be enough. “Every opportunity we get to get the word out, we’re doing that,” said Sue Edman of the Milwaukee Election Commission. Edman heads a panel for seniors trying to educate them about Wisconsin’s new voter ID law.
The Rev. David Blathers of Paradise Sanctuary Missionary Baptist Church, a senior himself, is worried that the law is too much of a hardship for seniors to get up to speed in time for the next election. “I have nothing against laws, but we have to be careful what kind of laws we make, and when we make it, and what it’s pertaining to and how we exercise it,” Blathers said.
The law will require voters to have valid photo identification when casting their ballots at the polls. Many seniors no longer drive and don’t have an ID. They can get one through the Department of Transportation for free, but senior advocates say for some seniors, that can be a tedious process.