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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  • by Seriously Location: Eau Claire on Jan 5, 2012 at 08:22 AM
    What's the big deal about having an ID????? Everyone should have one in this day and age. You need one to drive, cash a check, work a job, and get medical attention. That covers everyone, even the elderly,special needs,and young voters. Without proper ID whats to stop you from voting more than once and in different districts.
  • by David Location: Eau Claire on Jan 5, 2012 at 06:35 AM
    If people mis-perceive that having/getting a FREE ID is a burden, can we trust their perception on really important issues to make an educated vote? With all the TV and radio reports about needing an ID to vote that have been aired since it became law, and all the talk that has taken place elsewhere, if people are STILL confused about the ID situation, they probably aren't informed enough to cast an accurate vote. Personally, I'd rather not have people voting for a candidate or topic that they really don't have a basis for forming their opinion, even if they are voting for MY candidate - I hate it when I have to listen to "Well, I didn't know he was gonna do that" after the election. The 3 groups that are mentioned in THIS story, the elderly/young/special needs - all 3 groups highly subject to influence - are they really voting for what/who they think is the best option, or are they voting for what/who their family thinks is the best option?
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