Democratic legislators push for voter ID campaign funding
MADISON, Wis. — Democratic legislators are pushing for additional funding to educate Wisconsin voters about the state’s voter identification requirement.
The Government Accountability Board spent about $700,000 on the statewide “Bring It to the Ballot” campaign in 2011 when the voter ID law passed. But legal challenges put the law on hold until this year.
This year’s budget didn’t include funding to reboot the campaign, so the board has relied on a website and asking media to run its public service announcements.
In a news conference Thursday, Madison Democratic Rep. Chris Taylor urged the board to request as much as it can in additional funds from the state’s finance committee. The committee has $267,200 available in supplemental funds.
GAB spokesman Reid Magney says the board may consider the request at its Tuesday meeting.