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 have always supported a photo ID requirement for voting.
A new effort is being waged this legislative session in Madison to enact a photo ID law. I am the main Senate co-sponsor of a photo ID bill authored by my colleague state Senator Joe Leibham that will soon be introduced. One of my state Assembly representatives, Jeff Stone is one of the co-authors in the Assembly.
Under our bill, voters would be able to use a valid Wisconsin Driver's License, a valid Wisconsin ID Card or an active military ID to vote or register to vote. State of Wisconsin ID cards would be provided at no cost to individuals who do not have one of these forms of Identification.
Elderly or infirmed voters who either cast their votes via absentee ballots, U.S. mail or vote in a nursing home or community based residential facility that is treated like a nursing home with regards to voting would be allowed to include a signed written statement from a witness verifying their identity in lieu of a copy of a valid photo ID.
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Indiana’s strict photo ID law last year. Justice John Paul Stevens wrote in his opinion that the state of Indiana had legitimate interests in its photo ID law, including, “protecting the integrity and reliability of the electoral process, deterring and detecting voter fraud,” and safeguarding voter confidence.
A photo ID requirement returns confidence to our system that has been rocked by voter fraud. It ensures that every voter casting a legal ballot is not disenfranchised by a fraudulently cast ballot. Voters across Wisconsin from both parties are clamoring for this common sense public policy. I am very pleased once again to join my colleagues in support of photo ID.