Editors and Reporters:
Many of you have contacted the G.A.B. seeking information and interviews about what is going to happen next following the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision late Friday afternoon reinstating Wisconsin’s Voter Photo ID Law for the November 4, 2014 General Election. To repeat what Kevin Kennedy said on Friday: “We are taking every step to fully implement the voter photo ID law for the November General Election. We are now focused on communicating with local election officials and voters, and will have more information about the details next week.”
The G.A.B.’s focus today is on developing advice and communications to clerks about how to handle immediate issues related to voter photo ID, including absentee ballot requests they have already received and absentee ballots that have already been mailed out to voters. I spoke briefly to the AP this morning, and this advisory contains essentially the same information. Beyond that, we are not available for interviews today.
The G.A.B. is planning a news conference/conference call on Tuesday, at time to be announced, at which we will discuss our plans for implementing voter photo ID. Details will be available late Monday afternoon.
In the meantime, please watch the G.A.B.’s Recent Clerk Communications page (http://gab.wi.gov/clerks/recent-communications) for details on our directions to clerks about how to handle absentee ballots. Those will likely be available Tuesday.
For more information about the law, please consult the G.A.B.’s Voter ID page: http://gab.wi.gov/elections-voting/photo-id.
For more information, contact
Reid Magney, Public Information Officer, 608-267-7887