GAB bans hole-punched IDs as proof of residency

MADISON — The state elections board has banned people from using hole-punched identification to register to vote.

The Division of Motor Vehicles punches holes through the expiration dates of old driver's licenses and state ID cards upon renewal or replacement but allows people to keep the punched cards.

The Government Accountability Board adopted a staff recommendation Tuesday to bar people from using driver's licenses and ID cards with the expiration dates punched out as proof of residency when registering to vote because it's no longer clear the ID is current.

Hole-punched IDs that still have a visible expiration date after the most recent general election count as valid photo identification at the polls.