ACLU Urges Wisconsin Senate to Reject Unnecessary Photo ID Bill Without Reasonable Improvements

Friday, May 20, 2011

The ACLU of Wisconsin believes that Wisconsin is poised to wrongly and unconstitutionally disfranchise many eligible voters. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, ACLU of WI Director Chris Ahmuty mentioned two examples of amendments that the Senate majority tabled. One amendment would have clarified how to proceed when the voter’s name on his/her photo ID and poll list are not exactly identical. Another amendment would have created a “fail safe” provision allowing indigent persons who are completely unable to obtain a photo ID to vote. Ahmuty‟s letter chided Fitzgerald for ignoring ways to improve the bill. He wrote, “a better version of the bill will mitigate the harm this legislation will cause.” 

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