Lawmakers push for recognition of tribal ID cards


Wisconsin lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow members of federally recognized tribes to use their tribal identification cards for voter registration, to pick up medication at a pharmacy, and to buy alcohol and tobacco products. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Walker signs bill to tighten Wisconsin recount rules


The state is tightening the rules for conducting election recounts, under legislation signed by Gov. Scott Walker Thursday. Assembly Bill 153 comes in response to 2016 Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s demand for a recount after Donald Trump became the first Republican presidential candidate to win Wisconsin since 1984. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dems push for new hires at Wisconsin Elections Commission


The Wisconsin Elections Commission voted in November to seek three more staffers after a budget veto by Gov. Walker eliminated five posts. The WEC request had the support of leading Democrats, with state Reps. JoCasta Zamarripa, Fred Kessler and Chris Taylor formalizing their request in a letter to Walker. > Wisconsin Gazette

Black voter turnout in Wisconsin declined by nearly one-fifth in 2016


Turnout among black voters in Wisconsin dropped about 19 percent in the 2016 election from 2012, more than four times the national decline, according to a new study by the Center for American Progress. > Wisconsin State Journal

Dane County Board to urge end to Voter ID requirement


The Dane County Board will vote Thursday night on a resolution calling for the state to suspend its photo ID voting law until changes ensure access to the ballot box. The move follows a study which found 11 percent of registered Dane and Milwaukee county voters did not participate in the 2016 election because of ID requirements. > Madison365

Why is the Wisconsin GOP so afraid of voter ID facts?


Wisconsin State Treasurer Matt Adamczyk, a laughable figure who occupies a constitutional office that he says should be eliminated, wants to punish officials who are actually interested in doing their jobs. What are he and his cronies so afraid of? > Cap Times

State treasurer asks Legislature to penalize Dane County for funding voter ID study


Republican State Treasurer Matt Adamczyk has called on the Legislature to penalize Dane County for funding a UW-Madison study on the effects of the state’s voter ID law. Dane County spent $55,000 on the study that concluded nearly 17,000 registered voters in Dane and Milwaukee counties may have been deterred by the controversial law. > Wisconsin State Journal