Wi. passes voter ID bill

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  1. Bart

    Bart Hall of Famer

    Feb 6, 2005

    I've been screaming at my legislators for years about this.

    This should eliminate a lot of fraud.

    Democrats crying the blues.


    Senate Passes Voter ID Bill
    By Jay Sorgi and the Associated Press
    Story Created: May 19, 2011

    (Story Updated: May 19, 2011 )

    MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin Legislature passes a bill requiring voters to show photo identification at polls, but not before a chaotic scene happened in Senate chambers during the vote.

    Many Democrats spoke out as the roll call happened, then spectators burst out in chants and song after the vote.

    Some of the Democrats chose not to vote, and it passed 19-5.

    The measure now heads to Governor Scott Walker's desk, where he is expected to sign it next Wednesday.

    Democrats had blocked the vote on the bill late Tuesday evening. Republicans limited debate to a short time Thursday morning before calling roll at 11:00 a.m., cutting off debate.

    Multiple senators were raising their voice during the vote.

    "You're out of order! Take your seat!" Republican Senator Mike Ellis yelled from the president's chair during the start of the vote.

    Senators later quieted down as the vote concluded.

    At the end, spectators yelled the word "shame!" repeatedly before breaking out into singing the song "We Shall Overcome."

    "The decorum of the Senate fell apart," said Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald to Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Jeff Wagner.

    On the passage itself, Fitzgerald commented, "I think it's something that certainly many of my constituents and many other Republican have been thinking about for many, many years."

    Sen. Bob Jauch, D-Poplar, accused Republicans of acting like dictators.

    "Madison looks more like Moscow today," Jauch said. "This is a Republican majority that has gone berserk with power."

    Republicans sat quietly, waiting for the Democrats to use up their time. Still, Sen. Frank Lasee, R-De Pere, stood up to respond to Jauch, saying in today's world people need an ID to do nearly everything, from driving a car to buying beer and most people want to make sure everyone else is voting legally.

    "If you plan your life, you can get (an ID). And most people already have one," he said. "One fraudulent vote cancels out a legal vote."

    Under the bill, voters would have to present a driver's license, a state ID, a passport, a military ID, naturalization papers or a tribal ID. College students could vote with a school ID as long as it has their signature and an expiration date that falls within two years of the card's issuance. University of Wisconsin IDs currently don't meet that criteria and would have to be updated to comply before students could vote.

    Voters would be asked for ID in elections starting this year but will be allowed to vote without one. Beginning next year, they would not be allowed to cast a ballot without one.

    A number of other changes would take effect immediately, including requiring voters to sign poll books and to live at their current address for 28 days rather than 10 before they could cast a ballot.

    "In the end, what we're doing here is very clear. Republicans want to wreck the Democratic Party," said Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton. "This bill is indefensible. This legislation is based on rumors and lies."
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  3. jaxvid

    jaxvid Hall of Famer

    Oct 15, 2004
    Even the smallest amount of commonsense is met with ferocious opposition. Just think what will have to be done to institute major change. And this is in Wisconsin, a so-called white state!!!
  4. Colonel_Reb

    Colonel_Reb Hall of Famer

    Jan 9, 2005
    The Deep South
    Funny that as soon as I read the second sentence, I knew "we shall overcome" was one of the songs they were singing. Good for Wisconsin! Maybe Mississippi voters will decide to amend the state constitution to require ID this November, since the State Senate is too spineless to do anything. There is potential for a lot of voter fraud in that state and I have no doubt that it happens during every election, and it isn't all centered around identification. Corruption is the name of the game in Louisiana and Mississippi politics.
  5. Bart

    Bart Hall of Famer

    Feb 6, 2005
    It is a battle!

    You know what's funny jaxvid? If I want to buy a bottle of wine at the local market I MUST provide a picture ID. We are carded - no exceptions. I am 60 years old. Matters not if the buyer is 100. That is how strict we are.

    But as to voting? The Dems want little or NO verification at all.
  6. FootballDad

    FootballDad Hall of Famer

    Oct 19, 2009
    Somewhere near Kansas City, MO
    One of my favorite quotes. So, according to Senator Erpenbach, his Democrat voters are too STOOPID to obtain an I.D.? If that is the case, then yes, they shouldn't be allowed to vote as they lack the mental abiltity to do so. Of course, his outrage is just an exercise in semantics, since in all likelihood, every single one of his voters has an I.D., as they are necessary in virtually all avenues of life. So ending vote fraud will wreck the Democrat party? I bet it will.

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