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Wis. Employee Fired For E-Mail Defying Voter-ID Policy

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The option of free photo identification, for people who do not otherwise have driver's licenses or other ID cards that would meet the new law's requirements, is necessary in order to prevent the law from clearly becoming a poll tax -- a tax or fee required in order to vote, which was made unconstitutional under the 24th Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1964. Unless applicants check the appropriate box on the DMV's new forms, indicating that they need the card for voting, there will be a fee of $28.

The memo in question written by Steve Krieser, executive secretary at the Department of Transportation, instructs DMV employees: "While you should certainly help customers who come in asking for a free ID to check the appropriate box, you should refrain from offering the free version to customers who do not ask for it."

Ed Note: An earlier version of this post identified Chris Larsen as having worked for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. He worked for the Department of Safety and Professional Services. The post has been corrected.