This year, Wisconsin joined other GOP-led states in passing a highly restrictive voter ID law — one that not only disenfranchises low-income, minority, and senior voters, but places a serious burden on students hoping to vote by restricting the types of acceptable student IDs. Few institutions currently have IDs that comply with the law and now have to print stickers with required information for the IDs so they can be used at the polls. Even with this updated IDs, students “still have to show proof they were currently enrolled at school” to vote.
But while some students must jump these hurdles, Wisconsin election officials determined that students at technical colleges don’t even get to try — IDs issued by technical colleges are not valid for voting under any circumstance.
Recognizing its “mistake” in this prejudicial rule, the state’s Government Accountability Board “adopted an interpretation” of the law “that concluded technical college IDs qualify on election day just like any other four-year university ID.” Angry at the inclusive change, Republican lawmakers on the legislature’s rules committee voted 6-4 to force the GAB to make the new policy a formal administrative rule — a move that allows Walker to block the regulations
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