Gov Scott Walker’s Wisconsin Has No Budget For Voter ID
Three state agencies in Wisconsin who are tasked with implementing voter ID for the Nov. 4 election say they have no additional money set aside to help voters and state workers comply with the newly reinstated requirement. In addition, there is no money for public information or an outreach campaign.
[su_center_ad]Municipal clerks in Wisconsin’s two largest cities say they will spend thousands of dollars and hire hundreds of poll workers in the next few weeks to ensure that voters have the proper government-issued photo identification when casting their ballots, according to Wisconsin State Journal.
According to spokesmen for the three state agencies — the Government Accountability Board, the Division of Motor Vehicles and the Department of Health Services — they are using existing staff and resources to handle the demand.
Laurel Patrick, a spokeswoman for Gov. Scott Walker, said the state has no estimate of how much it will cost to implement voter ID.
Patrick claims her office has worked “extensively” with the DMV, which issues IDs, the state health department, which handles Wisconsin birth certificates, and the GAB, which runs elections, to ensure that voters without proper identification can get it.
“We are monitoring the volume of requests,” Patrick said, “and have plans in place to add additional staff if needed.”
Wisconsin State Journal reports:
But Jay Heck, executive director of Common Cause in Wisconsin, said the lack of money devoted by the state appears to be a deliberate attempt to make it difficult for voters to comply with the requirement.
“The way to sow maximum confusion is to not make information available,” Heck said. “It is confusing — deliberately so.”
On Friday, two groups that had tried unsuccessfully to overturn the voter ID law went back to the Wisconsin Supreme Court to ask that the requirement be delayed until after the Nov. 4 election to give voters more time to get the proper identification….
Albrecht said 1,500 city poll workers trained over the summer will have to be retrained before Nov. 4, along with 300 to 400 extra workers “to make sure it (voter ID) does not bottleneck voting sites on Election Day.” About 50,000 absentee ballot envelopes also will have to be reprinted, he said.
“From an election administration standpoint, we can implement voter ID,” Albrecht said. “But from a voter standpoint, there is not proper time to educate all voters … and ensure they’re also able to cast a ballot on Election Day.”
One longtime Madison voter and poll worker, Gene Bliss Gay, said she was confused about whether she needed an ID to vote. She is 85 years old, doesn’t drive and has limited mobility. That means she qualifies as an “indefinitely confined” person who can vote absentee without sending in a copy of an ID.
“I worked the elections for 20 years with three other ladies. We never had a single problem,” Gay said. “I think this whole thing is asinine and a big waste of money.”
It’s going to be another nasty election season in Wisconsin. A group of self-deemed militia members plan to go to the voting lines to harass African American Democrats. [su_csky_ad]