GOP bill on voter registration meets resistance at legislative hearing
Voters could opt out if they sign affadavit that they are poor
MADISON, Wis. — Opponents of a Republican bill to reinstate voter photo identification requirements in Wisconsin say that would force poor people to humiliate themselves at the polls and scale back absentee voting opportunities.
Rep. Jeff Stone’s bill making several changes to state election law was before a legislative hearing Tuesday. A key provision would allow voters to opt out of showing photo IDs at the polls if they swear before the chief inspector and sign an affidavit saying they’re poor and can’t obtain identification without paying a fee. They could also be spared this requirement if they have a religious objection to being photographed or can’t obtain the proper documents.
Stone said Tuesday that the provisions are designed to overcome a court decision nullifying voter ID requirements in Wisconsin.