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Business as usual for County Clerk after Wis. voter ID law struck down

By Kyle Dimke, kdimke@wkbt.com
Published On: May 01 2014 06:26:14 PM CDT
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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) -

A federal judge has struck down Wisconsin's voter ID law saying it's unconstitutional.

Voters will not need an ID when they head to the polls for the November election. Now, La Crosse County officials can move forward with their elections preparations as they had planned.

The La Crosse County Clerk said if the voter ID law would have been passed there would be quite a few extra steps.

With a big voter turnout expected this November La Crosse County Clerk Ginny Dankmeyer has a lot on her plate, and with the voter ID law being struck down she said, "This is just one less thing that we can cross off our list of things to be prepared for."

Dankmeyer said that if the law were to take effect there would be a lot she would need to prepare for.

"It would have been a lot of training and a lot of work to make sure all the documents were updated, the forms that were necessary and then training to make sure that the poll workers were ready for the voter ID at the polls," she said.

In La Crosse County there are 18 municipal clerks, 17 polling locations and each location needs to be staffed with a minimum of five poll workers who would all need to be trained.

For the November election however, she plans on having more than five working at each location to keep lines moving, but said even with the extra staff having voters show an ID would slow things down.

"If they have to dig out their ID and show it the poll worker and the poll worker has to match it up with a face and the name on the poll book, that's just another step those poll workers have to go through," Dankmeyer said.

But Gov. Scott Walker feels that showing an ID to vote is just like showing an ID to get a library book or cold medicine.

"If just one vote is cancelled out because someone's not voting who has a legitimate right to vote, then that's a problem and that's what we're trying to protect. We don't think it's something unreasonable standard to do since it's something we do all throughout the rest of society," Walker said.

Dankmeyer said she's neither for or against the voter I.D. law, but is ready to focus on everything else on her plate.

"We can kind of work on the other things that are necessary for the fall elections," she said.

Walker said he does expect the attorney general to appeal the decision. Two other cases regarding the law are in front of the state Supreme Court.


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