State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.
One of Senate District 28 state Assembly representatives, Jeff Stone (R-Greendale) introduced legislation requiring a photo ID to vote. I am pleased to be one of the lead sponsors of the legislation in the state Senate.
Here is analysis of the bill by the Legislative Reference Bureau:
“This proposed constitutional amendment, proposed to the 2009 legislature on first consideration, provides that a qualified elector may not vote, or register to vote, at the polls on election day unless the elector presents a photographic identification issued by this state or by the federal government. After the date of ratification, the legislature, by law, with the concurrence of two−thirds of all the members present, may exempt any class of electors from these requirements. A proposed constitutional amendment requires adoption by two successive legislatures, and ratification by the people, before it can become effective.”
State Senator Joe Leibham has introduced similar legislation, Senate Bill 199. I am pleased to be a lead sponsor of Senate Bill 199 in the state Senate.
Governor Doyle has vetoed photo ID legislation three times. Most Wisconsinites polled support a photo ID requirement to restore credibility and integrity to our sacred election system.
I have blogged extensively on this issue. You can read my previous photo ID entries here.