Public meeting on Voter ID set for Thursday in Milwaukee

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MILWAUKEE — Election experts from the Government Accountability Board will be in Milwaukee on Thursday, February 9th to speak at a public meeting about Wisconsin’s new Voter Photo ID Law.

The meeting, hosted by Northwest Side Community Development Corporation will be held at 6 p.m. at the 3701 North 35th St Prince of Peace Baptist Church, and is scheduled to last for 90 minutes.

Earlier this year, the Legislature passed the Voter Photo ID Law, which was signed by Governor Walker on May 25.  In addition to requiring voters to show an acceptable photo ID to receive a ballot, the law contains other important changes to the voting process, including a longer, 28-consecutive-day residency period and a requirement for voters to sign the poll list.

The presentation covers what forms of identification are acceptable, and how to go about getting a state ID card for free if a voter doesn’t currently have an acceptable ID.  The G.A.B. staff has produced a wide range of educational materials explaining the Voter Photo ID Law, which will be distributed at the meeting.

Voters are also encouraged to visit the GAB’s website (http://gab.wi.gov) for information about the new law.

The first election at which a photo ID will be required is February 21, 2012.