The state Elections Commission is working to implement polling place changes and new voter education requirements in light of a federal judge's ruling on Wisconsin's voter ID law. U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman ruled Tuesday that voters who can't ...
Dennis Brekke (BY)
The state Elections Commission is working to implement polling place changes and new voter education requirements in light of a federal judgeâ€™s ruling on Wisconsinâ€™s voter ID law.
U.S. District Judge Lynn AdelmanÂ ruled Tuesday that voters who can't obtain a state-issuedÂ ID must be allowed to sign an affidavit to verify their identity at the polls. Then they can vote on the spot.Â Â
Adelman also directed the Elections Commission to train poll workers and educate voters about the affidavit.Â
The Elections Commission isÂ figuring out how to implement those changes, with just about three months to go before Novemberâ€™s general election, said spokespersonÂ Reid Magney.
"AÂ lot of the details, it's just too early to discuss at this point,"Â Magney said.
Elections Commission staff are assessing how the affidavit option can be incorporated into already-scheduled training sessions for poll workers and clerks, and the possibility of adding information about the new option to the commissionâ€™s statewide voter ID education campaign, Magney said.
The education campaign launched earlier this monthÂ after the commission secured $250,000 in funding from the stateâ€™s budget committee.
Itâ€™s "too early to tell"Â if the commission will be able to make substantive changes to the campaign, which is running on television, radio and online,Â Magney said.Â Theyâ€™re currently awaiting a cost estimate from the advertising agency running the effort.
The Elections Commission, along with a separate Ethics Commission, replaced the Government Accountability Board on June 30. Though the commission hasnâ€™t existed long, there arenâ€™t concerns about navigating these turbulent waters,Â Magney said.
"Weâ€™re experienced in dealing with these sorts of court orders and complying with them, and changing media campaigns to reflect them,"Â he said.
Many Elections Commission staff members transferred directly from the GAB, which navigated numerous policy changes caused by legal challenges to the voter ID law,Â beginning in 2011,Â Magney said.Â
The affidavitÂ option won't be available for voters in August's partisan primary, butÂ must be in place forÂ November's general election.Â
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