Latest Voter ID News

3/28/2017

The bill would allow people without photo ID to vote if they presented an alternate form of ID and signed an affidavit swearing a “reasonable impediment” kept them from obtaining such identification.

Those folks could vote under the proposal by presenting documents such as a utility bill, bank statement or paycheck. And election officers could not question the “reasonableness” of the excuse for not having photo ID. ...

But those found to have ["intentionally"] lied about not possessing photo ID — by falsely signing the “reasonable impediment” form — could be charged with a third-degree felony under Huffman’s bill. Such crimes carry penalties of two to 10 years in prison. ...

It would also allow voters older than 70 to cast ballots using expired but otherwise acceptable photo IDs. The bill would also require the Texas secretary of state to create a mobile program for issuing election identification certificates.

3/27/2017

With the April 4th spring election coming up, the Dane County Voter ID Coalition is working to make sure everyone is ready to vote.

Each Madison Public Library location helped provide ID information for voters on Saturday. You could even register and vote early.

Organizers say they hope the event helps people realize the importance of local elections.

3/26/2017

[When] I voted early in the bowels of the Bexar County Justice Center in November,...

a poll worker walked up and down the line of waiting voters bellowing in an authoritative voice: “You must have a valid Texas driver’s license to vote. Get out your valid Texas driver’s license…”

“Actually, that is not true, ” I interrupted her, stepping out of line and speaking loudly enough for other voters to hear me. A uniformed deputy sheriff took a step closer to me as if I posed a threat. He backed off as he realized I was speaking in a normal, unthreatening voice and just might know what I was talking about. “You do not need a valid driver’s license,” I told people, most of them averting eye contact, made nervous by my challenge. I cited the various other forms of acceptable identification.

To her credit, the poll worker said she would check later with an election judge, but that sort of ignorance, twinned with her projection of petty authority, is exactly the kind of intimidation that keeps Spanish language-dominant citizens away from the polls. Have you ever been yelled at by an authority figure in a language where you lack fluency? It’s intimidating, especially when a man in uniform with a sidearm is standing a few feet away.

3/25/2017

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft says he feels confident his office will get $1.4 million to carry out the state’s new photo ID requirement to vote. Ashcroft says the legislature and governor agree with that figure. ...

Under the law approved by Missouri voters last year, a government-issued photo ID and supporting documentation, like a birth certificate would be paid for by the state. Those without a photo ID could still vote if they sign a waiver and show a utility bill or paycheck.

Ashcroft says his budget request includes fulfilling the law’s requirements and advertising to educate the public about voter requirements. ...

Ashcroft says the first elections under the new law will be in August.

3/24/2017

Arkansas’ governor signed a measure Friday requiring voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot, reinstating a voter ID law that was struck down by the state’s highest court more than two years ago. ...

Unlike that measure, the latest version of the requirement allows voters with[out] a photo ID to cast a provisional ballot if they sign a sworn statement confirming their identity. ...

The legislation is one of two efforts by lawmakers to revive the voter ID requirement. Earlier this month, they voted to put a proposed constitutional amendment imposing the requirement on next year’s ballot. ...

The measure will take effect 90 days after the Legislature formally adjourns, which is expected next month.

3/23/2017

Nationwide, Republican state legislators are again sponsoring a sheaf of bills tightening requirements to register and to vote. And while they have traditionally argued that such laws are needed to police rampant voter fraud — a claim most experts call unfounded — some are now saying the perception of fraud, real or otherwise, is an equally serious problem, if not worse. ...

In the wake of Republican claims, bills have been filed in at least 27 state legislaturesto stiffen rules or document requirements for registering and voting, according to the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University. At least 16 have proposed new or revised voter ID laws; many more are tightening requirements to register.

3/23/2017

In most of the U.S., getting to vote is not easy. Sure, it’s pretty straightforward to determine who is eligible: You must be a citizen of the United States and at least 18-years-old to cast a ballot in federal elections. But after that, there’s very little that is straightforward about U.S. elections. ...

[I]nstead of an easy, straightforward process, you have to struggle to understand what you have to do and how and where to take each step.  The questions cascade at each step. What are your options for voting? Do you have to vote at the polls on Election Day? How do you get an ID to vote? Do you even need one? ...

Our research shows that very few people really don’t care. Deep down, almost everyone does care about voting, and they feel shame for not doing it.

The real problem is that voting in America is just hard.

3/22/2017

There are documentation requirements, such as a birth certificate, proof of identity and Wisconsin residency, to obtain an official Wisconsin ID card. If all documentation is not readily available, the ID Petition Process (IDPP) can be used to obtain a receipt valid for voting while the remaining documents or verifications are obtained. The voter should bring any documentation available to the DMV and fill out two forms. A photo ID document will be sent in the mail that can be used for voting.

DMV offers this IDPP service and ID card for voting purposes free of charge. Anyone who doesn’t have an ID to vote in the spring election should start the process now. DMV’s voter ID hotline, (844) 588-1069, is available for questions on obtaining an ID to vote. DMV does not have information regarding voter eligibility, poll locations, voter registration information or other election information. That type of information can be found at the Wisconsin Elections Commission website.

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