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Hearing today on revamped voter ID bill

MADISON (WSAU-Wheeler News)  A state panel will hear what people think today about the latest effort to pass a voter I-D law that's constitutional. The Assembly Campaigns-and-Elections Committee will begin a public hearing late this morning at the State Capitol. The Republican measure was introduced last week. It would grant exceptions to the requirement to show a photo I-D for voting. Those people would sign affidavits explaining their difficulties in obtaining I-D's. Their ballots would be marked, and they could be challenged during recounts.

Two freshman Republicans introduced the measure, and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos wants to speed it through so it can take effect for next year's elections. That might not happen unless the Senate majority leader changes his mind about waiting to take up the measure. Republican Scott Fitzgerald says lawmakers should wait and see what the courts decide with the issue. A two-week federal trial which challenges the photo I-D voting law began Monday in Milwaukee.

The state is also appealing two other judicial rulings at the state level which threw out the I-D mandate early in 2012. State appeals in both cases are pending.