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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

That God-awful photo ID law

This news caught my attention out of New Hampshire. A new state law there requires photo identification to vote. In
New Hampshire’s September primary election, about 7 percent of voters in Nashua did not show or have photo identification.

Not to worry. They could still have their votes counted with nothing else required. But in the November general election, voters without the necessary photo ID had to sign an affidavit before they could cast a ballot.

To the small minority that vehemently opposes the common sense practice of photo ID, this was no doubt quite shocking, a blatant attempt at disenfranchising, and a civil rights atrocity.

Because 7% in nashua didn’t have photo IDs in September, there was great wailing and gnashing of teeth that as many as 50,000 voters in New Hampshire would, without the necessary IDs, be forced to sign affidavits.

Didn’t happen.

Only 1% of voters in November did not have or show the proper ID. So much for the argument that an avalanche of folks would be denied the right to vote.

Seems that between September and November a whole bunch of folks somehow, someway managed to overcome all kinds of tremendous obstacles and obtained a photo ID good enough to vote.

Imagine that.

New Hampshire is now in the process of contacting voters who signed affidavits to verify their vote. The state has 60 days to follow through.

That evil photo ID law. In New Hampshire, no one was turned away from voting.

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