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Lawmakers will re-work voter ID law

Election committee members collect votes from an emptied ballot box after polling stations closed for the country's early general election i
Election committee members collect votes from an emptied ballot box after polling stations closed for the country's early general election i

MADISON (WSAU-Wheeler News)  The speaker of the Wisconsin Assembly says his house will press forward this month to pass a voter I-D requirement that's constitutional. But the other house won't touch the hot-button issue right now.

Senate Republican Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says the courts should decide the matter in a federal trial and two state appeals' rulings that are coming up. G-O-P Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he does not want the courts to decide what the state should do -- and he wants to press on to make sure voters in next year's elections show photo I-D's at the polls.

Yesterday freshman Assembly Republicans Michael Schraa of Oshkosh and Mark Born of Washington County brought back a measure to let the poor and other disenfranchised people vote without an I-D -- but they'd have to sign affidavits explaining their reasons. Schraa says the bill is similar to Indiana's law which the U-S Supreme Court upheld.

Vos wants the Assembly to pass this measure in the November floor session, along with stricter limits on early voting and the ability to recall state elected officials. A Senate committee heard testimony yesterday on a bill to ban most in-person early voting on nights and weekends before an election.

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