Voter ID—Letter to WSJ

Voter ID—Letter to WSJ

The following letter to the editor was published in the Wisconsin State Journal on May 19, 2017.

Thanks to the State Journal for running the article “Voter ID proved to be a barrier for many,” which accurately described how this law prevents some citizens from voting.

The League of Women Voters would like to provide some information that might have helped a couple of the voters in the story to vote, and that can help Wisconsin voters prepare now for the spring elections in 2018.

Voters who could have trouble getting to their polling place due to chronic illness, disability or age can ask their municipal clerk for a permanent absentee ballot. These voters do not need to show a voter photo ID.

Citizens who aren’t sure whether their ID will work for voting next year should check for information on what works, on how to get a free ID if they don’t have one, and on the limited exceptions to the requirement.

Until the Legislature repeals this law, a robust state-funded public education campaign about Voter ID is needed to educate voters and election officials about all acceptable options and about how citizens can obtain a photo ID for voting.

Kathleen Fullin and Brook Soltvedt, co-presidents, League of Women Voters of Dane County