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Government Accountability Board Nixes Voluntary Voter ID

The Government Accountability Board (GAB), which oversees the state’s election process, ruled 6-0 on May 10 that voters may not require municipal clerks to check their identification to vote. The ruling came in response to a group of voters in southeastern Wisconsin who sought to have election workers check their identification as a means to prevent fraudulent voting. GAB’s ruling indicated that a voluntary voter identification system could only result from the creation of such a system by the Legislature. Companion bills that would have created voluntary voter identification, Senate Bill 350 & Assembly Bill 814, both failed to pass during the recent legislative session.