Voters who face obstacles to obtaining a photo ID in order to cast a ballot will be allowed for the November presidential election to sign an affidavit swearing they are who they say they are.
U.S. District Court Judge Lynn Adelman handed down his decision Tuesday, five years after Republican lawmakers passed and Gov. Scott Walker signed into law a bill that requires every Wisconsin voter to show a photo ID in order to cast a ballot.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that Adelman said in his opinion that residents need a safety net if there are reasons they can’t “reasonably obtain” a photo ID.
“Although most voters in Wisconsin either possess qualifying ID or can easily obtain one, a safety net is needed for those voters who cannot obtain qualifying ID with reasonable effort,” Adelman’s opinion reads.
For most people, the story reads, getting a copy of their birth certificate and gathering other necessary documents for a trip to the Department of Motor Vehicles isn’t that big of a deal. But, citizens who don’t have a birth certificate, have mistakes on their birth certificates or can’t get to a DMV because of health issues will be able to sign a form at their polling location swearing they are who they say they are.
Voters will still have to show an ID to cast a ballot in the August 9 partisan primary, the newspaper notes, because Adelman said local election officials don’t have enough time to get the necessary documents for those without an ID.