Voter Identification Lawsuit in Wisconsin Could Produce Problems in November

There are a number of media reports about a voter identification lawsuit that could produce headaches in Wisconsin this fall.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinal’s story, “Observers fear that Van Hollen’s election lawsuit will cause problems”:

Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen sued the state this week to require more checks of voter information against driver’s license records – a move that critics say could force people off the voter rolls and require them to cast provisional ballots. Provisional ballots are counted only when voters provide proof of residence by the next day.

The AP has “Lawsuit could frustrate Nov. 4 voters in Wisconsin”:

A lawsuit demanding Wisconsin election officials verify voters’ identity before the November election could lead to frustration at the polls and exhausted clerks in a hotly contested state in the presidential race.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen’s lawsuit, filed Wednesday, demands that the state Government Accountability Board order election clerks to confirm the identities of potentially tens of thousands of voters — and possibly many more — who have registered since Jan. 1, 2006.

A leader of local election clerks on Thursday predicted huge problems if the judge sides with Van Hollen.

“This is going to be a nightmare,” said Nancy Zastrow, city clerk in Milton and president of the Wisconsin Municipal Clerks Association. “It’s going to make voters frustrated. Poll workers are getting frustrated.”