Wisconsin State officials told a Judge last week they had trained workers to make sure people could easily get IDs for voting, but an audio recording was released Thursday of Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) employees telling a man he couldn’t get one quickly because he didn’t have a Birth Certificate with him.
“You don’t get anything right away,” one DMV employee said on the recording.
How Voter IDs are handled is “up in the air right now,” said another.
The recordings were made Sept. 22, the same day Attorney General Brad Schimel filed Court documents stating DMV “field staff are now trained to ensure that anyone who fills out these forms will receive a Photo ID, mailed to them within six days of their application,” even if they don’t have a Birth Certificate.
The Nation first reported on the recording, which was made by Molly McGrath, the National Campaign Coordinator with VoteRiders, a group helping people get Voter IDs.
Under Wisconsin law, the DMV should’ve given Moore a credential he could use for voting within six business days. But that never happened. They told him to “drive down there, to Illinois, and get a birth certificate and come back.” That would cost Moore money he didn’t have. If he entered what the State calls the ID Petition Process (IDPP), it would take six to eight weeks for him to get a Voter ID and he most likely wouldn’t be able to vote by Election Day.
Nine percent of registered voters in Wisconsin don’t have a valid Voter ID and many are still struggling to get the documents they need to vote in November. It appears that Wisconsin is violating multiple Court orders by not promptly giving eligible citizens free Photo IDs or Certificates for voting. This is particularly concerning, since early voting began this week in cities like Madison and Milwaukee and thousands of Wisconsinites are casting ballots.
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