Voter ID bill passed the State Assembly last night

From the We’re Watching Wisconsin Elections campaign:

Last night the Assembly passed the “Foundation Bill” giving us the first step to having fair and honest elections. The bill requires the citizens to show their ID when voting, although it will be voluntary in the 2011 elections, it will become mandatory in 2012. It immediately establishes that a voter must prove residency for 28 consecutive days prior to an election and will require every voter provide their signature next to their printed name in the poll book.

The bill has already been sent to the Senate and we hope they will be voting on it next Tuesday, then unto the Governor’s desk!!!!

There is still more work to be done on a second bill that will address numerous inadequacies in our election process but let’s relish this moment of bringing integrity to our elections and thank those who voted for it.


  1. The Republicans are trying to disenfranchise minorities! And colored people! And nuns! (oh, wait, sorry, that last one is the left….)

    Seriously, I do not see why voter ID spark one iota of controversy. It is such a basic, common-sensical measure that any responsible democracy should put into place.

  2. John Foust says:

    Yeah, what could go wrong, Ryan? Why even think about the implications or fine points, if it feels right in your gut?

  3. Well yes, obviously…. anyone who is in favor of voters having some way to prove they are Wisconsin residents are making a knee-jerk gut reaction and haven’t thought though the implications…. whereas everyone brilliant like John Foust who has properly considered the many fine points of the issue realize all the problems this will create like… um….. do you care to mention any…?

  4. Randy in Richmond says:

    John, the first thing that popped into my mind, having not read Ryan’s last comment, is what can go wrong with ID’s relative to the system now in place ?

  5. John Foust says:

    Could anyone argue that this scheme will increase voting? Because it sure smells like a suppression scheme. It adds hurdles to address an imaginary problem. It is designed to discourage people from voting. Voters will be turned away.

  6. Wait Mr. Foust. You argument fails. The bill has nothing to do with increasing voting, it is to verify the identity of a voter. The change doesn’t even need to address a problem. It can simply be a change.

    You have no proof that this is voter suppression or that voters will be turned away. I suspect very little will change in voting, but I’ll tell you this up front: if voting drops I’ll say it was because all the fraud has been shaken out and you’ll say it’s because all those voters can’t bear to get an identification card. If voting stays the same I’ll say it wasn’t so hard for voters to comply and you’ll say there was never a problem in the first place. If voting increases I’ll say it’s because more voters have faith in the importance and validity of their vote and you’ll say…what would you say?