GOP advances photo ID bill, as Dems blast provisions for students
By Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel
May 3, 2011 1:49 p.m
Madison — Republicans on an Assembly committee voted for a bill Tuesday to require people to show photo ID to vote, but Democrats ripped the measure because few if any existing college IDs could be used for voting.
Republicans who control the Legislature plan to pass the bill this month. GOP Gov. Scott Walker supports requiring photo ID to vote.
To make its IDs compliant with the requirements of the bill, the University of Wisconsin-Madison would have to put addresses on them. UW officials are reluctant to do that because the IDs include magnetic strips that open doors to door rooms, and students would be at risk of break-ins if they lost them.