MADISON, Wis. (WTAQ) - Wisconsin’s municipal clerks cannot run a system in which voters voluntarily show their photo ID’s in order to get ballots. The state Government Accountability Board rejected those arrangements Monday on a 6-nothing vote.
A group called “We’re Watching Wisconsin Elections” is trying to get local clerks to require photo ID’s of those who volunteer to show them – and those people can then make sure that no one else uses their names to vote. They’ve had little success, so they asked the state board to allow the practice.
But the board said it doesn’t have that power – only the governor and the Legislature do. Democratic Governor Jim Doyle has vetoed 3 Republican efforts to require photo ID’s for all voters, saying it disenfranchises the poor.