- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - In a story Feb. 26 about proposed changes to Wisconsin’s voter identification policies, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Government Accountability Board staffers recommended that the board bar voters from using hole-punched photo IDs at the polls. They recommended that it bar such identification from being used as proof of residency to register to vote, but it would still count as valid identification at the polls if it didn’t expire before the most recent general election.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Board to consider banning hole-punched IDs at polls

Wisconsin’s elections board is set to consider whether to ban hole-punched identification at the polls

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin’s elections board is set to consider whether to ban hole-punched identification as proof of residency.

Wisconsin law requires voters to present state-issued photo identification to vote. The identification is good for voting for up to two years after it expires.

However, the Division of Motor Vehicles punches holes through the expiration dates of old driver’s licenses or IDs upon renewal or replacement and allows people to keep the punched card.

Government Accountability Board staff have recommended the board declare old cards with the expiration date punched out invalid as proof of residency to register to vote since 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 would be valid as photo identification at the polls.

The GAB is expected to consider the recommendation Tuesday.


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