Voter ID cards required for Tuesday Primary
Under a new Wisconsin’s voter ID law, all voters will be required to show government-issued photo identification card (ID) to vote in Tuesday’s primary, according to Kewaunee County Clerk Jamie Annoye.
Acceptable photo identification includes a Wisconsin driver’s license, U.S. passport book or card, U.S. Uniformed Services ID, Wisconsin state ID, tribal ID, university/college or tech college ID with enrollment verification, or a Certification of Naturalization.
Photo identification cards that cannot be used for voting, include military veteran affairs ID, state or federal government employee ID, out-of-state driver’s license, employment cards, membership or organization cards, certificate of citizenship.
The following people are exempt from providing a photo identification card: voters on the permanent absentee list because they are indefinitely confined, residents of nursing homes and other designated care facilities who have their ballots delivered by a special voter deputy, military and permanent overseas voters, and confidential voters.
If you do not have appropriate identification for the Feb. 16 primary election, you may obtain a free ID for voting in future elections at the Algoma Department of Motor Vehicles Service Center, 514 Fourth St., Algoma on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or at any Wisconsin DMV service center. For more information, call 1-608-264-7447.
The voter ID law was approved by the Wisconsin Legislature in 2011, but challenged in state and federal courts by civil rights groups that said it could disenfranchise senior citizens, minorities, students and others who don’t have a driver’s license.
The Supreme Court declined to hear the case last March, paving the way for implementation of the law, but the state agreed to delay implementation until 2016 elections.
Eighteen states currently require some form of photo ID, and 33 require some proof of identification in order to vote.
This article originally appeared on Green Bay Press Gazette: Voter ID cards required for Tuesday Primary