Democrat urges board to seek money for voter ID education

MADISON -- A Democratic lawmaker and the League of Women Voters is urging the state elections board to seek more money to education people about photo identification requirements at the polls.

Rep. Chris Taylor of Madison told the board on Tuesday that it should request supplemental funding from the Legislature's budget committee for a public education campaign. The committee has about $267,000 available in supplemental funding for state agencies.

Taylor and LWV-Wisconsin Executive Director Andrea Kaminski told the board the law is confusing and even though turnout in this month's presidential primary was high more people could have voted if they understood the identification requirements.

The board didn't take any immediate action. Board member John Franke said no matter how much the board spends some voters won't get the message.