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Voters don’t need ID to cast ballot

In the on-again, off-again debate on whether voters need a photo ID, Douglas County Clerk Susan Sandvick advises voters that they do not need to show a photo ID to vote Nov. 4.

In the on-again, off-again debate on whether voters need a photo ID, Douglas County Clerk Susan Sandvick advises voters that they do not need to show a photo ID to vote Nov. 4.

On Oct. 9, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned an earlier 7th Circuit Court of Appeals decision that reinstated the photo ID law. The law has been subject of a legal battle since March 2012.

According to the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, the Supreme Court’s order is not the final word on the legality of Wisconsin’s voter photo ID law, but it does set the rules for the general election.

The Supreme Court halted enforcement of the law for the time being to avoid voter confusion and because some voters had already been mailed absentee ballots without instructions on how to comply with the voter photo ID law.

The Supreme Court may decide to hear the case on its merits sometime after the November election.

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Even though voters will not have to show an ID to receive a ballot at this election, voters who are registering between now and Election Day should be aware that they may use their driver license or state ID card to establish their residence if it contains a current address.

“You may use a valid driver license or state ID card for proof of residence when you register to vote, either before or on Election Day” said Kevin Kennedy, Wisconsin’s chief elections officer. “But you are not required to show a photo ID to get your ballot.”

All voters must show proof of residence to register to vote, and a driver license or state ID card with a current address are just two of many documents that can be used to prove they are residents.

A full list of options is available at http://gab.wi.gov/publications/voter-guides/proof-of-residence .

Also, voters who have a Wisconsin driver license or state ID card are required to provide the card number on the voter registration form. Voters who do not have a driver’s license or state ID card can use the last four digits of their Social Security number instead.

 

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