Federal judge: Wisconsin DMV workers were inadequately trained on voter ID

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With just under four weeks to go until election day, several media reports shed light on Wisconsin DMV workers giving out the wrong information to those seeking an Voter ID, as required by law to vote in Wisconsin.

U.S. District Judge James Peterson said, “I think it’s utterly unsurprising that the problems that arose would arise if it weren’t for some diligence, which belatedly the DMV has brought to bear.  Whether it’s completely successful, I still have my doubts.”

Madison.com reports:

A federal judge said Wednesday the state of Wisconsin has fallen short on its court-ordered obligations to inform voters lacking necessary documents how to obtain a photo ID, but signaled it is unlikely he will suspend the state’s voter ID law for the November election.

“I think it’s utterly unsurprising that the problems that arose would arise if it weren’t for some diligence, which belatedly the DMV has brought to bear. Whether it’s completely successful, I still have my doubts,” U.S. District Judge James Peterson said in a hearing, referencing new efforts from the Division of Motor Vehicles to better train its workers on the process.

The state is asking Peterson to deny a request filed earlier this monthby the liberal group One Wisconsin Institute to either suspend the state’s voter ID law for the November election or put in place remedial measures to address issues with the ID petition process (IDPP), which is designed to help people who don’t have the proper documentation obtain IDs.

Their request came after media reports based on recordings from the advocacy group VoteRiders indicated DMV workers gave inaccurate information to people seeking IDs.

For more on how workers are being retrained, visit Madison.com.