Elections Committee Backs Away From New Photo ID Rules

Jun 10, 2013

An Assembly committee advanced just one new rule for Wisconsin voters on Monday. The change would allow people to register to vote, online.

Assembly panel advances bipartisan plan to encourage voting

The original bill, proposed by Republican Assemblyman Jeff Stone of Greendale, would have allowed people to vote without presenting photo identification, if they would have sworn to poll workers that they were too poor to obtain the necessary documentation.

Instead, several committee members representing both parties drafted new legislation. It allows voters to register via a state website, and the new plan doubles the amount of money people can contribute to campaigns.

Stone's initial plan was designed to thwart a court injunction that blocks the state from enforcing its new photo ID requirement.

Opponents argued that the bill would embarrass some residents or discourage them from voting.

The Assembly Campaigns and Elections Committee vote for the revised plan was 8 to 1.