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Fate of Wisconsin's voter ID law uncertain as April 3 elections draw closer


UNDATED (WSAU) Hundreds of thousands of Wisconsin voters may or may not have to show a valid photo I-D in order to vote a week from tomorrow. It all depends on what a three-judge panel does or doesn’t do between now and Election Day.

The Republican attorney general’s office has asked the Fourth District Appellate Court in Madison to throw out orders from two judges which halted the photo I-D requirement. And in the meantime, voters and election clerks are being left wondering if the I-D’s will be needed or not.

The state Government Accountability Board has halted radio and T-V ads which remind voters to get valid I-D’s and bring them to the polls. But the Board is still telling local clerks to be ready in case the courts do a sudden turn-around this week or next Monday. Local election inspectors and poll workers are still being trained on which I-D’s are good or not.

Meanwhile, local clerks say they’re ready for whatever happens. La Crosse County Clerk Ginny Dankmeyer said she’s been getting calls from voting asking about a clarification of the law. And she says her poll workers are ready for whatever happens. Most other parts of the new law remain in place, regardless of what the courts do with the photo I-D mandate. Absentee voting at clerks’ offices ends on Friday instead of next Monday. Voters must still live at their present addresses for 28 days instead of the old 10 days. And they must still sign poll books to get their ballots on Election Day.