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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

 6:01 PM 

Leibham: Bill protects right to vote

Sen. Joe Leibham, R-Sheboygan and a co-author of the bill, finally rose to respond to the parade of Dem speakers on the substitute amendment.

Leibham said he appreciated legitimate questions and concerns on the bill from Dems, but ripped some members over "some of the accusations and misinformation" about the intent of the bill.

"They're baseless and they're insulting," Leibham said.

He said Republicans who support "reasonable changes" to the state's elections are not out of touch, but rather reflect a majority of voters in the state who've "lost confidence in our election system and our election processes over the last number of years."

He added that the vast majority of Wisconsinites already have a form of ID that would be allowed under the voter ID bill. And Leibham said Dems should consider supporting the bill since the free ID provided for those voters who can't afford a driver's license would also allow those Wisconsinites to "function in society."

"We've gone to great lengths to hear the concerns of groups or individuals who say they may be disenfranchised," Leibham said.


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