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Voter ID law will be in effect during Tuesday's state Senate primary


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - For the first time, Wisconsin voters will have to sign their names in poll books during Tuesday’s state Senate recall primaries.

It’s one of the anti-fraud measures in the new law that requires voters to show photo ID’s.

State elections’ director Kevin Kennedy says signing in will eliminate problems from the recent past, when poll workers checked off voters’ names on a list – and sometimes they checked the wrong people.

Those people would later come in, only to be told they’ve already voted. Kennedy says it raises suspicions about fraud.

By signing in, Kennedy says it will eliminate clerical errors, as well as genuine fraud cases. Those who refuse to sign the registers will not be able to vote.

Also, those who vote in the next month will be asked to show photo ID’s – and if they don’t, they’ll get a reminder that they must have ID’s to vote starting next February. The law also reduces the time period for early and absentee voting, and requires that voters live at their present address for 28 days instead of the previous 10.

Andrea Kaminski of the League of Women Voters says confusion about the new rules will discourage people from voting. But she urged people to roll with the changes, saying, “Too much is at stake to let other people call the shots.”