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Assembly Republicans looking to resolve problems with voter ID law

Voter ID photo
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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Two Wisconsin Assembly Republicans are trying again to resolve constitutional problems with the photo ID requirement for voting. 

Freshman lawmakers Mark Born of West Bend and Michael Schraa of Oshkosh are asking colleagues to co-sponsor a bill to let those burdened by the ID requirement vote by signing affidavits to their specific problems. 

That includes the poor, and those who object to showing photo ID's for religious reasons. The measure would also let veterans use military ID's to vote. 

Born told WisPolitics.Com he wants to introduce the measure now so the law can avoid further legal problems. 

One of two federal challenges to the voter ID law has a trial set for Monday.

Republicans approved it in 2011, but it has not been used since February of 2012 because two state judges struck it down.  This spring, Assembly leaders tried passing the modifications as part of a much larger campaign finance bill. 

Critics said the law forces the poor to explain their struggles in public in order to vote. The voter ID proposals were then delayed. 

Speaker Robin Vos's office says the new bill could be up for an Assembly vote by the end of the fall session.

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