Veterans not allowed to use Veterans ID at the polls

EAU CLAIRE, WI. (WEAU)-- Hundreds of thousands of service men and women were honored this Veterans Day. But there's one thing those vets are asking for… the right to vote with their form of identification.

Right now in Wisconsin, a military ID issued by the U.S. Uniformed Service is valid. But an ID issued by the Veterans Administration is not valid at the polls.

“Some veterans are so disabled they can't drive, but they do have a veterans card so it would expedite everything a whole lot better being able to use it,” says veteran Steve Coach.

Tom Yetter, volunteer representative with the Guard and Reserve says it can become difficult for veterans to get proper forms of identification to vote.

“There are circumstances where veterans are disabled or for one reason or other and they don't have a driver's license. Now, they would be forced to go out and get some other form of official government identification, when they already have a government identification card that's very well documented in the first place.

“Some of them have nearly sacrificed everything for this country and they should have the right to vote. And I think we should be accepting those ID's for purposes of identification at the polls,” says Wisconsin Democratic Assemblyman Dana Wachs.

“You get your picture taken, they pretty much have all of your records they need in the computer. You just prove who you are. You need an id to show that and it's a driver's license that you use to prove who you are, so it's strange that it doesn't count,” says veteran Tim Lindeen.

Republican Representative Warren Petryk says it’s an issue he will be looking into as well.



 
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