The Government Accountability Board staff recommends the following core principles be considered for guiding the development of Wisconsin’s Voter Photo ID legislation. The Photo ID legislation should:
- Make clear the purpose and legislative intent of the legislation;
- Ensure the most vulnerable (non-traditional) voters are not disenfranchised;
- Make Photo IDs free and accessible to voters;
- Offer an alternative (a certificate or an affidavit in lieu of a Photo ID) for Wisconsin residents who object to being photographed based on religious, historical or cultural grounds, i.e. Native Americans; and,
- Provide a sufficient amount of time between passage of the Photo ID legislation and effective implementation date to accommodate training of local election officials and educating the public.