Doyle Proposes Election Reforms

Last November 75% of eligible voters cast a ballot in Wisconsin. But that was overshadowed by the number of election day problems.

Friday, Governor Doyle laid out a list of reforms he says will ensure election are effective and efficient.

"These reforms work to encourage not discourage participation and will help ensure the integrity of our system," says Doyle in a press conference.

Doyle's proposal would require municipalities to develop election day plans that keep waiting time under 30 minutes.

It also adds to the poll worker supply by calling on private companies to give workers a paid day off.

And it allows people to vote early at satellite polling places like grocery stores or malls.

But that along with no voter ID requirement, which is moving its way through the legislature, is why some say the plan promises problems.

"The problem you get from that besides the fact that it opens the door without a photo ID requirement to just longer periods when you could potentially commit fraud," says Scott Walker, Milwaukee County Executive.

Walker is also a gubernatorial candidate for the GOP. Friday he asked voters to join him in bringing a form of photo ID to the polls Tuesday.

"I'd like to see us go the opposite direction," says Walker in a separate news conference, "Put more of a focus on election day, running election day right, having enough people there and doing the process well."

But the governor maintains his proposal is needed to guarantee a fair election.

"This proposal provides the common sense reforms that Wisconsin needs to address an overwhelmed and under resourced election system.".

But he says it does so without compromising our constitutional right to vote.


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