Monday, February 7, 2011
Appleton Alderman Wants Pushback on State Voter ID Bill
Scott Walker: “I think the focal point has got to be on jobs and on the budget."
Alderman wants city to weigh in on voter ID. (Appleton Post-Crescent, 2/6/2011)
Excerpt: An Appleton alderman is trying to rally municipal leaders from across Wisconsin to send a message that the state's cities, villages and towns want no part of a proposal requiring residents to show photo identification before voting.
A legislative bill that requires photo IDs to vote is likely headed for a vote soon. Republican lawmakers pushing the bill say it will prevent election fraud, while those opposing it say there is no evidence fraud affects Wisconsin's elections, and it only would create an unnecessary hurdle for many eligible voters.
City leaders have no real say on policymaking at the state level. But Appleton Ald. Kole Oswald wants the city to take a stance through a resolution opposing the measure. His resolution will be debated Wednesday during the city's Finance and Administration Committee meeting.
"I think this is definitely a city issue because the costs and consequences passed down from Madison will trickle down to us," Oswald said. "The state needs to listen to the clerk's offices from different municipalities and make sure their voices are being heard."
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