La Crosse County announces voter I.D. education campaign

By: Kevin Hurd Email
By: Kevin Hurd Email

"I'm worried about younger people, older people, people with special needs," said Verna Peacock, a member of the League of Women Voters for almost 40 years.

Peacock is passionate about voting. But she worries a new law, requiring voters to show a photo I.D. at the polls in Wisconsin, will stop some people from casting a ballot.

"If there's any barries for them to start voting, it might disuade them," Peacock added.

The law effects both new and existing voters. So, La Crosse County has announced a four day education campaign to teach voters about the new law.

"We're doing these sessions to give people the information they need on how to obtain photo I.D. and what will be valid so they can go vote at the polls at the elections this year," said Ginny Dankneyer, the County Clerk for La Crosse County.

The meetings will be held across the county beginning January 10th. Dankneyer says elderly people no longer driving and those without a Wisconsin identification are the target group.

"An out of state driver's license won't work as a photo ID here," Dankneyer added. "So there is a concern to make sure they have a proper identification."

And starting early is key.

"I don't want people to wait until the last minute," said Peg Perri with the League of Women Voters.

Perri says getting a birth certificate from another state can take time but she says the league can connect voters with the right information. A good first step.

"Even though this is a barrier, I hope they would look into it and find out it's not going to be as difficult as people might think," Peacock said.

More information can be found through Voter Public Access.

County-specific information is available through the County Clerk's office.

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