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Wisconsin Voter ID Law Causing Confusion


LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Wisconsin's new voter-ID law will take effect in 2012, which will require voters to present photo identification at polling locations in order to vote.

In an attempt to start the transition to the new law during the state's recent recall elections, voters were asked to present an ID when voting, even though they didn't have to.  

The League of Woman Voters in Wisconsin has released a report claiming that dry run of the new law caused confusion at the polls.

The study looked at 94 polling places across the state, which were monitored by volunteers who observed the voting throughout the day. The League says there were long lines and many election workers were inconsistent about asking voters for an ID.

"It had been a very quick turnaround for, the time the laws had changed and the first election, which was the recall election. So there wasn't as complete of training as there probably will be before next spring," said League of Woman Voters member, Ellen Roseborough.

The League of Women Voters also emphasized that the report is not meant to criticize the election workers themselves. The organization just feels those workers needed more training before the election.

The county clerk in La Crosse says the recall election in September went smoothly primarily because she thinks poll workers were adequately trained; contrary to what the study says.


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