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Brief History of Recent Voter ID Legislation in Wisconsin

Following is a listing of all introduced legislation related to voter identification requirements since the 1999-2000 legislative session.  Except where indicated, the bill failed to pass both the Assembly and the Senate.

1999-2000 Session

None

2001-2002 Session

SB-55 (Budget Bill):  Elections administration revisions re voter registration and list changes, identification required to vote, and supervision of local election practices.  Enacted.

AB-259:  Voter registration: use of corroboration repealed; valid Wisconsin driver's license or ID card required; absentee ballot and DOT provisions.

AB-144 (Budget Bill):  Elections administration revisions re voter registration and list changes, identification required to vote, and supervision of local election practices.  Enacted.

AB-49:  Election procedure revisions re polling hours and leave for service as an election official; Election board recommendations re voter ID cards, eliminating punch card systems, compensation for election officials, and statewide voter registration.

AB-12:  Elector voting revision re presentation of valid driver's license or ID card, or birth certificate at polling place.

AB-10:  Elector registration revisions re corroborating elector, ID card, and mail registration.

2003-2004 Session

SB-68:  Voting at polling places: valid driver's license, ID card with photograph, or birth certificate required; exception provided.

AB-600:  Voter registration, voting requirements and procedures, and administration of elections : laws revised; Help America Vote Act of 2002 provisions; LAB and Elections Board duties.  Enacted.

AB-111:  Voter registration: valid Wisconsin driver's license or ID card required; use of corroboration repealed; absentee ballot and DOT provisions.  Vetoed.

2005-2006 Session

SB-612:  Voter registration revisions re required ID, deadline, locations, prohibiting certain payment, verification of pre-election registration, same-day registration, double voting audits, out-of-state driver's license holders, and uniform forms; fee and Elections Board provisions.  Enacted.

SB-355:  Voter registration: identifying document required and acceptable documents specified; absentee ballot revisions; use of corroborating electors discontinued; state ID card provisions re no charge and no photograph; special voting deputies permitted in adult family homes and residential care apartment complexes re absentee voting; Corr. Dept to provide Elections Board with list of felons ineligible to vote; Elections Board duties specified.

SB-42:  Voter registration: valid Wisconsin driver's license or ID card or uniformed service ID card required; use of corroborating electors discontinued; absentee ballot, provisional ballot, surrendered driver's license, confidential address re domestic abuse, and photo requirement exemption re religious tenets provisions.  Vetoed.

AB-808:  Voter registration: identifying document required and acceptable documents specified; absentee ballot revisions; use of corroborating electors discontinued; state ID card provisions re no charge and no photograph; special voting deputies permitted in adult family homes and residential care apartment complexes re absentee voting; Corr. Dept to provide Elections Board with list of felons ineligible to vote; Elections Board duties specified.

AB-63:  Voter registration: valid Wisconsin driver's license or ID card or uniformed service ID card required; use of corroborating electors discontinued; absentee ballot, provisional ballot, surrendered driver's license, confidential address re domestic abuse, and photo requirement exemption re religious tenets provisions.  Vetoed.

AJR-36:  Voter registration and voting: photographic ID issued by this state or the federal government required. Constitutional amendment (1st consideration).  Passed.

2007-2008 Session

SB-567:  Identification requirement for voting in elections created, provisional and absentee ballot provisions; use of corroborating electors to verify residence discontinued; DOT ID card fee waived and obtaining a card without a photo for religious reasons; special voting deputies to certain adult family homes and residential care apartment complexes permitted.

SB-200:  Identification requirement for voting in elections: at time of registration, electors may choose to be required to provide; absentee and provisional ballot provisions.

SB-40 (Budget Bill):  Identification requirement for voting in elections: at time of registration, electors may choose to be required to provide; absentee and provisional ballot provisions.  Enacted.

AB-549:  Identification requirement for voting in elections: at time of registration, electors may choose to be required to provide; absentee and provisional ballot provisions.

AJR-17:  Voter registration and voting: photographic ID issued by this state or the federal government required. Constitutional amendment (2nd consideration).

2009-2010 Session

SB-350:  Identification requirement for voting in elections: at time of registration, electors may choose to be required to provide; absentee and provisional ballot provisions.

SB-199:  Identification requirement for voting in elections created, provisional and absentee ballot provisions; use of corroborating electors to verify residence discontinued; DOT ID card fee waived and obtaining a card without a photo for religious reasons; special voting deputies to certain adult family homes and residential care apartment complexes permitted.

AB-947:  Identification requirement for voting in elections created, provisional and absentee ballot provisions; use of corroborating electors to verify residence discontinued; DOT ID card fee waived and obtaining a card without a photo for religious reasons; special voting deputies to certain adult family homes and residential care apartment complexes permitted.

AJR-125:  Photographic ID required on Election Day to vote or register to vote at the polls. Constitutional amendment (1st consideration).

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This summary was prepared by the G.A.B. staff with assistance from the Legislative Reference Bureau.