By Tim Kowols
With primaries just a few weeks away and the spring election April 3, election officials and other groups are making sure voters have what they need to head to the polls. Voter ID laws implemented in Wisconsin in 2011 require voters to bring photo identification to the polls with them. However, some forms of photo identification, like most student IDs, are not permissible. Jay Heck from Common Cause Wisconsin says the time is now to secure the proper identification, especially if you live in more rural areas where access is not easy.
Heck says with lower turnout often the norm for spring elections, voters can have a greater impact on the direction their communities take with many local races and the Wisconsin Supreme Court on the ballot. Prospective voters can get a free state-issued identification card valid for the polls from their local Department of Motor Vehicles location.