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E-mails, I get e-mails: Soft Implementation Voter ID bill

The following is an e-mail I received from a regular reader who passed along an alert from a Wisconsin group that strongly supports photo ID legislation. I have not seen the bill proposal the e-mail refers to. If the e-mail is true and a Wisconsin Republican that has a reputation of being staunchly conservative is trying to water down photo ID requirements, that measure needs to be stopped.  Here’s the e-mail:

Rep. Pridemore will be asking fellow assemblymen to co-sponsor a bill presently referred to as “The Soft Implementation Voter ID Bill.”  This bill will require a voluntary show of ID for any elections prior to the passing of a comprehensive Voter ID bill.  As in Senate Bill #6, this bill serves as an education process and a PR campaign to “ease” our citizens and poll workers into the Voter ID process.   

We want the comprehensive election bill to be written and passed prior to July 1st of this year and that mandatory Photo Voter ID law will be in full implementation for elections after that date.

Rep. Pridemore’s bill will also propose a “soft implementation” ending “in-person absentee” voting from the current Monday at 5:00 to Friday at 5:00 prior to Election Day as the clerks have so passionately requested.  This part of the bill will become law after July 1, 2011.

Please contact your legislators and Rep. Jeff Fitzgerald’s office and express your support for this very important legislation.  Time is of the essence!  We need this bill to go into committee, to have a joint hearing, and to be signed by the Governor as soon as possible.  If we do not have this “soft implementation” process the GAB claims it will cost tax payers millions of dollars to educate our citizens and poll workers about Photo Voter ID.

We appreciate Rep. Pridemore’s efforts moving this process forward. 

It’s now our turn to act.  We need your phone calls and emails to your legislators to make this happen.



The We're Watching Wisconsin Elections Campaign is an unaffiliated group of concerned citizens who follow issues affecting Wisconsin elections. 

My source that forwarded the above e-mail wrote the following to me and I agree:

This is a TERRIBLE idea.  I like Don and think highly of him, but this is not the right bill for our time.  We already have the Voter ID bill.  
If we suddenly present this other bill, the Democrats can agree and say they are compromising with us.  Later, we will not get a chance to present the better Voter ID or the Comprehensive Election Reform bills… because they will claim we are changing the game on them.  We look bad and we look weak by advancing this bill.


I bet Gov. Walker can Soft Implement Voter ID with a simple Executive Order since it doesn’t make rule or change the current lack of an ID requirement.


Please do not help move a bad bill forward.



The mere wording, "soft implementation of photo ID" gives me the heebie-jeebies.

The bill to strongly support is Senate Bill 6.

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