If the federal courts restore Wisconsin's voter I-D law, the state Assembly Speaker says there might be a problem with enforcing it.
The State Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the photo I-D requirement is constitutional. But the court said the government cannot force people to show documents that cost money -- like a copy of a birth certificate -- when applying for I-D's. Critics call that a poll tax, and lower court judges cited the concern when they ruled that the voter I-D law was unconstitutional. Republican Speaker Robin Vos said the Supreme Court decision leaves a potential for fraud, because it does not give clear options in determining who a voter claims to be. Attorney General J-B Van Hollen says his office and the state D-O-T are looking for ways to make the provision work. Vos and Senate G-O-P leader Scott Fitzgerald said the Legislature might take up the subject next year. For now, it's a moot point, because a federal judge's ruling prevents the I-D law from going into effect. The state is appealing that decision.