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Wisconsin: state Assembly adopts constitutional amendment for voter I.D.

The Capital Times reports: Despite pleas from numerous Democrats not to approve a constitutional amendment that they said would be an unconstitutional "poll tax," the state Assembly voted 58 to 36 Tuesday to take the first step toward that amendment.

The approved resolution would require a photo ID for voting or registering to vote at the polls on Election Day. But it also would allow the Legislature, after the amendment becomes part of the state Constitution, to exempt any class of electors from those requirements. The author, Rep. Jeff Stone, R-Greendale, said such an exemption might apply to senior citizens in assisted living facilities.

The resolution would need to be approved by the state Senate during the current legislative session, and again in both houses in the next session, before it could be presented to the voters of the state for ratification in 2007. Democrats delayed sending the bill to the Senate, something that likely will happen on Thursday.

Gov. Jim Doyle, a Democrat, has previously vetoed photo ID legislation but plays no role in the constitutional amendment process. -- The Capital Times


Wisconsin legislators aren't paying attention to the text of the 24th amendment when they talk about exempting certain classes of voters from a photo ID requirement. The 24th amendment doesn't just apply to poor voters; it applies to all voters, even rich voters.

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