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Finally, an easy way to get Voter ID



Finally some common sense in the debate over Wisconsin’s new voter ID rules. The courts have gone back and forth, and back and forth, over what the rules should be on election day. Most recently, the courts ruled that Wisconsin’s election laws, passed in recent sessions of the legislature, unnecessarily restrict voting. The court ruling reduces restrictions on early and absentee voting and lessens the amount of time a person has to live in their legislative district before being able to cast a ballot. But the ruling that voters must show a photo ID before casting a ballot remains in place, at least for now. In his ruling the judge called Wisconsin’s restrictive Voter ID law “a cure worse than the disease.” But finally, the state Department of Motor Vehicles is making it easier for those who have struggled to get the necessary form of identification to get one. They have cut through the red tape and the confusion. Now any resident can go to their local DMV and get the necessary photo ID. They only have to bring one document proving their identity, and one proving where they live. The DMV will issue, within six business days, the ID they need to vote. That should make it much easier for people to get the necessary form of identification. Finally, some common sense and clarity amid the legal sea of confusion.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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