Assembly Bill 7, would require voters to show photo ID when they arrive at the polls, sign poll books when they vote and to prove they have lived in their voting ward for 28 days before the time they vote. Apparently, the big rush to pass the legislation is so that it will be law by the time the Recall elections are happening on July 12. Chaos and confusion at the polls is one guarantee along with exorbitant costs to implement the legislation, based on the absolute myth of voter fraud.
Voters would be asked for a photo ID in the upcoming recall elections but would still be allowed to vote without one. They would then be informed that a photo ID would be mandatory beginning with the spring 2012 Primary.
The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee passed an amended version of the photo ID bill Monday, removing a provision that required student IDs to carry correct addresses and moving up the date of implementation to immediately after the bill passes.
“We were all wondering why there’s such a rush on this bill — now we know,” said state Rep. Jennifer Shilling, D-La Crosse. “It’s about the recall elections. You feel the rules need to be changed right in the middle of the game.”
Six Republicans and three Democrats face Senate recalls this summer. Republicans hold a 19-14 majority, so a net victory of three seats would give the Democrats control. The first elections are scheduled for July 12.
It may be another Pyrrhic victory for the Walker Radicals since they stripped all the amendments out before the Assembly passed the bill. We’ll see if the legislation is sent to the courts due to its possible illegalities as well as the expense, which has been cited as costing at least $7 million to concur and be made active.
Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca had asked Republicans to pay attention to Democratic amendments as debate started on the bill, saying the legislation would add a wide range of new impediments to voting.
“Push those red buttons once in a while. Show some independence,” Barca said. “We can make this a better bill; at least a constitutional bill.”
He said passing the bill without amendments would only ensure lawmakers that it would end up in court. He said Republicans should also be open to changes that would decrease the fiscal burden on the state.
“It’s a sad day,” said Rep. Robert Turner, a Democrat, who said the bill would disproportionately affect individuals of color, senior citizens and students.
An audio collection is available of the Voter ID debate.