Gov. Walker could call lawmakers back into session on Voter ID

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MADISON (WITI) -- Last week, the Wisconsin Legislature finished its two-year session by voting on a bevy of bills -- but their work may not be done yet! Gov. Scott Walker says there's one more issue that needs to be dealt with -- Voter ID.

Lawmakers could be called back to the Capitol in Madison for one more vote.

Gov. Walker says he would call lawmakers back for a special session to re-write the state's Voter ID Law if the courts don't uphold the current measure.

"We should respond to what the courts are saying and fix it," Gov. Walker said.

That has Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca vowing to fight.

"The idea that we would come back for one thing alone -- not to come back for jobs bills, not to come back for finally achieving educational accountability -- but for one more voter suppression bill after all that's been done is just so unfortunate," Barca said.

Gov. Walker wants Voter ID in place for the November election.

"I think the premise of Voter ID has been upheld across the country -- certainly in places like Indiana. The question is what do we need to get there?" Gov. Walker said.

The state's Voter ID Law was passed in 2011, and was in place for one election in 2012.

Opponents challenged it as unconstitutional, and in February, the state Supreme Court heard arguments with several justices raising questions about the law.

Conservative Justice Pat Roggensack raised concerns over the law's requirement that to get an ID card, people had to have their birth certificates or pay $20 to get one.

"The Court's concerns were birth certificates and access. That may be another area that should be addressed, but as long as there aren't any reasonable barriers, the idea of photo identification I think is a standard that's been upheld elsewhere in the country and we should find a way to do that here," Gov. Walker said.

Barca says if the Legislature goes into special session for anything, it should be to improve the economy -- not change elections.

"My thoughts are that the Governor should care more about creating jobs for the citizens of Wisconsin -- rather than his own job or the jobs of Republicans," Barca said.

1 Comment

  • Geno

    Might as well call them back. They get more time off than anyone that actually works for a living.

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