Republican lawmakers plan to bring back an effort to require voters to show a photo ID at the polls.
State Senator Joe Leibham (R-Sheboygan) is a sponsor of the measure, which requires voters casting a ballot in Wisconsin to prove their identity. Leibham says the effort is on behalf of Wisconsin resident who overwhelming support protecting their right to vote.
Under the bill, voters would need to show a driver's license or state-issued photo ID card when registering at the polls or picking up their ballot. Those who can't afford an ID card would be able to obtain one for free from the state. Leibham says the bill also makes exceptions for elderly or disabled voters who are unable to go to a polling place, by allowing someone to serve as a witness if they vote absentee.
Leibham says the bill is needed to protect the rights of voters.
The bill has been defeated in previous legislative sessions, with opponents arguing it will lead to voter suppression. Leibham says they're continuing the fight this session because the right to vote is the greatest legal right we have, and it should be protected.