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.
Problematic legislation that would have allowed on-line voter registration and automatic voter registration at the time of driver license registration failed to be approved by the legislagure prior to the end of the 2009-10 general legislative session, and is considered dead.
The general public was wise to the legislation’s negative ramifications that legislative Democrats tried to ram through at the end of the session. They referred to the legislation as the Voter Fraud Bill.
Wisconsinites are deeply concerned about protecting their votes, so much so that a majority supports a photo ID requirement. Since Governor Doyle has vetoed photo ID three times and legislative Democrats have failed to show any interest in true election reform, citizens have taken the next step.
Led by Pewaukee’s Ardis Cerny, a group of voters has been requesting that clerks ask for their identification at the polls. Ardis Cerny took her case for voters voluntarily showing photo ID to the Government Accountability Board (GAB); however, the GAB ruled against Ardis Cerny’s seemingly harmless request.
The Racine Journal Times Editorial Board takes issue with GAB staff attorney Shane Falk who said, "This could result in a greater disruption of the polls on Election Day.” The newspaper writes, “By that standard, such horrific showings of identification would create chaos in every grocery and convenience store when someone purchases alcohol. There would be pandemonium at the corner drug store whenever a shopper whips out an ID to purchase some cold remedies, and we can only imagine the disruption that would occur at shopping malls when a clerk asks for ID before allowing a credit-card purchase.”
The editorial writers urge voters to continue to voluntarily show their IDs at the polls. You can read the editorial here.
Allowing voters to voluntarily show ID at the polls is a good idea. Better yet, a photo ID should be required. Should