Wisconsin Republicans are pushing state legislation that would block local governments from issuing voter ID cards -- which are required at the ballot box under a 2011 law -- even though the locals IDs currently being considered in a Milwaukee program aren't meant to be used for voting.
Republican state Sen. Van Wanggaard and state Rep. Joe Sanfelippo are floating a proposal that would bar towns and counties from issuing photo ID cards to the public, according to the Journal Sentinel, while placing restrictions on the IDs issued by cities and villages. It also would require that any ID issued by local governments to state clearly that it does not meet the state's voter ID requirements.
The memo being circulated claims that the legislation would prevent fraud, and that local IDs would be "potentially misleading, confusing, and unfair to the card's recipient" who would believe he or she qualified for public benefits.
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