On July 18th, a Federal judge ruled that citizens who have trouble obtaining identification under Wisconsin’s strict voter ID law will be able to vote by affidavit. The judge stated in his ruling that a decision released so close to an election will not be enforceable, so there will NOT be an option to vote by affidavit on August 9, 2016. The Wisconsin Elections Commission will be meeting on July 21 to discuss this ruling. It will be necessary to design the affidavit, which will basically allow a person who wants to vote, but has been unable to get a valid voter ID to sign an affidavit affirming that they are who they say they are and that they understand that they are signing this affidavit under penalty of perjury. The affidavit cannot be questioned or challenged by poll workers, poll watchers or other voters.
There is a long way to go before November election, and the Federal Judge's decision may be successfully challenged. The Wisconsin League of Women Voters thanks the ACLU-Wisconsin for bringing this case on behalf of Wisconsin Voters.