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Gov. plans to sign voter ID bill next Wed.


MADISON, Wis. (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker says he’ll sign the voter ID mandate next Wednesday afternoon in a ceremony at the State Capitol.

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said eight Democrats who refused to vote on the measure today will still have a chance to go on the record. He says the roll call can be re-opened next month.

It’s the next time the Senate plans to meet.

Today’s vote on the ID requirement was 19-to-5. Five Democrats voted no after the roll call was opened following the one hour of debate that was promised by GOP Senate President Mike Ellis.

That was after Democrats spent nine hours on Tuesday trying to kill and amend the mandate that voters sign in and show photo ID’s at the polls. The signature requirement will take effect this summer, when up to nine senators face recall elections. The bill also requires voters to live at their current addresses for 28 days before an election instead of the current 10 days.

The early voting period at clerk’s offices will be reduced from a month to two weeks – and the cutoff date will be the Friday before an election instead of Monday.

Republicans did not go as far as some conservatives wanted.

They rejected calls to eliminate same-day voter registration. And they decided to wait before moving the fall partisan primaries from mid-September to mid-August, to comply with a federal time limit for mailing ballots to residents overseas.

Republicans say they’ll address that issue separately later in the session.