To the Editor:
The League of Women Voters calls on state lawmakers to reject a new bill requiring citizens to show a state-issued photo ID every time they vote.
This unneeded legislation represents an expensive change that increases governmental oversight — just when people are calling for budget reductions and more streamlined government.
“The claim that voter ID will save the state from widespread voter fraud is preposterous. Illegal voting is exceedingly rare in Wisconsin, and no one can point to a single case of impersonation of another voter,” according to Andrea Kaminski, executive director of the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin.
Only .0006 of one percent of the almost 3 million votes cast in the November 2004 election show proven cases of illegal voting, according to the state Department of Justice.
Most of these were felons who were unaware they were not allowed to vote.
...Because there have been no current studies in advance of the rush to get the bill passed, numbers must be drawn from a study six years old, when the Legislative Fiscal Bureau estimated that implementation of the 2005 voter ID bill would cost the DMV $2.3 million annually.
Some citizens will need to apply for and receive copies of their birth certificates, a process that can take more than a month. And, local governments will need to train and support election officials on implementation of the requirement.
...An expensive law that does not solve a problem but keeps eligible citizens from voting is a net loss for democracy. It has no place in Wisconsin.
— Diane Beres,
916 Thomas St.
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the League of Women Voters of the Ripon Area
To read the entire letter, see the Feb. 10 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.