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Assembly Speaker Vos cites problems enforcing voter ID law

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - If the federal courts restore Wisconsin's voter ID law, the state Assembly Speaker says there might be a problem with enforcing it.

The State Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the photo ID requirement is constitutional. But the court said the government cannot force people to show documents that cost money -- like a copy of a birth certificate -- when applying for ID's.

Critics call that a poll tax, and lower court judges cited the concern when they ruled that the voter ID law was unconstitutional.  

Republican Speaker Robin Vos said the Supreme Court decision leaves a potential for fraud, because it does not give clear options in determining who a voter claims to be.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says his office and the state DOT are looking for ways to make the provision work.

Vos and Senate GOP leader Scott Fitzgerald said the Legislature might take up the subject next year.

For now, it's a moot point, because a federal judge's ruling prevents the ID law from going into effect. The state is appealing that decision.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)