Opponents question election reform bill

Bill would bring back voter ID
Opponents question election reform bill

Democrats are questioning why Republicans are fast-tracking a bill designed to reinstate voter photo identification requirements.

A Dane County judge has blocked the photo ID mandate, ruling they’re unconstitutional because some people entitled to vote might lack the resources to obtain an ID. Rep. Jeff Stone’s bill makes a host of changes to Wisconsin election law, including allowing voters to opt out of showing photo IDs at if they tell election workers they’re poor. Stone says that change should enable the mandate to pass legal muster.

Dozens of people packed an Assembly elections committee hearing on the bill Tuesday. Committee member Rep. Fred Kessler, a Milwaukee Democrat, complained Republicans are moving the bill too quickly.

Stone said the GOP needs to move fast to give election workers time to train.