State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.
I am extremely disappointed to learn that a photo ID requirement is not part of the Government Accountability Board’s 2009-2014 Election Administration Plan. It is a sad day for the overwhelming majority of the public that demands a display of a photo ID before being issued a ballot to vote for persons that will make major governing decisions. It is a sad day for those that want an assurance of fairness and clean elections.
Ironically, the Board (GAB) says the following in the Plan:
“The new Plan must:
Improve Election Administration
Examine initiatives to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of elections
Preserve, Protect and Advance Voting Integrity
Ensure open, fair and transparent elections
Improve Voter Participation and the Voting Experience
Explore alternatives and options for casting votes
Improve Administrative Efficiency
Reduce election-related burdens on local election officials
Improve Collaboration with Our Customers and Policy Makers
A continuing commitment to consult, collaborate with and seek advice from county and municipal election officials, members of the state legislature, voters, other concerned and interested parties, elected officials and advocacy groups.”
Requiring a photo ID to vote would have fulfilled all of these goals.
The GAB reportedly felt photo ID was a policy decision that should be made by the Legislature.
You can read the 2009-2014 Election Administration Plan here.
You can read my previous blogs on the photo ID issue here.