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State worker fired for voter-ID memo

The Wisconsin state Capitol Building in Madison is seen in this undated photo.
The Wisconsin state Capitol Building in Madison is seen in this undated photo.

MADISON (WSAU) Wisconsin Senate Democrat Jon Erpenbach is going to bat for a state shipping-and-mailroom employee who was fired after he sent out an e-mail about the voter I-D law. An official in the Department of Safety-and-Professional Services said 38-year-old Chris Larsen was let go yesterday due to a series of work rule violations, including what he called “multiple misuses of e-mail.” But Erpenbach said “anyone with a pulse” would believe Larson was fired because of the e-mail he sent co-workers about the voter I-D law. It objected to the D-O-T’s policy to give out free photo I-D’s at motor vehicle officers only to those who ask – and to not offer them upfront.

Larsen told his department employees to ask for the I-D’s if they need them – and tell everyone they know to do the same. Because Larsen is a limited-term employee, Erpenbach says he does not have the same protections as other state workers. So the senator said he arranged a meeting between him, Larsen, and Larsen’s boss to discuss the matter. No date was set for that meeting.

Larsen had worked for the safety agency since last December.