Assembly Passes Voter ID Bill – Heads to Senate for Vote Next Week

The Wisconsin Assembly this week passed legislation that would require voters going to the polls to present proof of identification.

Under Assembly Bill 7, the following types of identification would be allowed to verify the voter’s residency status: 1) an operator’s license issued by the Department of Transportation (DOT); 2) an identification card issued by DOT; 3) an identification card issued by a U.S. informed service; 4) a U.S. passport; 5) a certificate of U.S. naturalization; 6) unexpired driving receipt issued by DOT; 7) an unexpired identification card receipt issued by DOT; 8) an identification card issued by a federally recognized Indian tribe in this state; 9) an unexpired identification card issued by an accredited university or college in this state that contains the date of issuance and signature of the card holder.

The photo requirement begins in 2012 while most of bill’s other provisions begin soon after the law is published.

Two Democrats and Independent Rep. Bob Ziegelbauer joined all the Republicans in voting for the bill. The bill heads to the Senate next week where it is expected to pass, and will likely be signed by Governor Walker soon thereafter.