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DMV gives innacurate voter ID information

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Posted at 10:23 AM, Oct 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-04 12:13:41-04
The latest on allegations that the state Division of Motor Vehicles hasn't been following its own rules for issuing photo IDs to voters (all times local):
 
10:50 a.m.
 
The Legislature's rules committee is set to consider whether to renew state Department of Transportation regulations guaranteeing people who lack photo ID can get receipts for voting.
 
The DOT adopted regulations in May allowing people who want photo IDs but lack the underlying supporting documents to get a receipt for voting within six days.
 
The move was designed to blunt a pair of lawsuits alleging voters who lack such documents face hurdles in obtaining free photo ID as promised in state law.
 
The regulations are set to expire on Sunday. The Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules is scheduled to meet Tuesday afternoon to consider a 60-day extension. The meeting comes amid allegations that DMV workers haven't been following the protocol. An extension would keep the regulations in place through the Nov. 8 election.
 
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9:10 a.m.
 
Newly released recordings from seven Division of Motor Vehicles offices across Wisconsin reveal workers giving inaccurate information about the availability of IDs for voting.
 
The recordings come after a federal judge ordered the state to investigate whether DMV workers are failing to issue temporary photo identification for voting, as promised.
 
On the recordings, one DMV worker in Hudson tells a person asking for an ID that she's not guaranteed to get one. That conflicts with the attorney general's office who has said in court filings that DMV workers have been trained to tell people they will get credentials for voting within six days.
 
The new recordings were provided to The Associated Press by a campaign coordinator for the national group VoteRiders. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel first reported on the recordings.