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Bill would require photo IDs at polls

Proposed legislation to require citizens to show photo identification each time they vote is either a good idea or a solution to a problem that doesn't exist, say local poll workers.

The bill, introduced in the Wisconsin Legislature last week, mirrors Indiana's voter ID law which was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, said co-sponsor Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, R-River Falls.

This isn't intended to be a process to discourage or prevent people from voting, it's an attempt to make sure a voter is who he says he is, said Harsdorf. The ID could be a driver's license, a military ID or a state-issued ID card.

"The important thing is that we do what we can to ensure the integrity of our elections," said Harsdorf. "One fraudulent vote negates an honest vote."

While she didn't question the motives behind the bill, St. Croix County Clerk Cindy Campbell hopes state lawmakers take their time with it.

"It's just too much in too little time," said Campbell, citing the push to have a new law in place before the spring elections.

For more please read the Jan. 19 print version of the Herald.

Judy Wiff

Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.