Election Officials Reverse Selves, Allow Tech College IDs

Thursday, November 10, 2011

State election officials decided Wednesday that technical college IDs can be used for voting, overturning a ruling two months earlier.

Following more than two hours of testimony by school officials and at least a dozen students, the Government Accountability Board changed direction on the controversial law, saying technical college IDs are as legitimate as university IDs.

"I think we were wrong," said Thomas Cane, a board member from Wausau. "That's not something you hear often from a judge."

The state's new voter ID law requires that voters show a valid photo ID at the polls. In September, GAB angered many people by ruling technical school IDs would not be valid. About 400,000 people are enrolled in the state's 16 technical colleges, the equivalent of about 84,000 full-time students.

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