2023 - 2024 LEGISLATURE
September 29, 2023 - Introduced by Senators Wanggaard, Ballweg, Bradley,
Marklein, Nass, Testin and Tomczyk, cosponsored by Representatives
Snyder, Gustafson, Armstrong, August, Binsfeld, Born, Dittrich,
Donovan, Duchow, Edming, Goeben, Green, S. Johnson, Kitchens, Krug,
Magnafici, Maxey, Michalski, Moses, Nedweski, Neylon, O'Connor,
Penterman, Rozar, Schutt, Spiros, Swearingen, Tusler, Allen, Rettinger
and Brandtjen. Referred to Committee on Shared Revenue, Elections and
section 1m of article III of the constitution; relating to: requiring
2photographic identification to vote in any election (first consideration).
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This constitutional amendment, proposed to the 2023 legislature on first
consideration, provides that a qualified elector may not vote in any election unless
the elector presents photographic identification issued by this state, by the federal
government, by a federally recognized American Indian tribe or band in this state,
or by a college or university in this state, that verifies the elector's identity.
Acceptable forms of photographic identification must be specified by law. The
amendment authorizes the legislature to pass laws establishing exceptions to the
photographic identification requirement. Additionally, if an elector is unable to
present valid photographic identification before voting on election day, the elector
must be given the opportunity to cast a provisional ballot and present valid
photographic identification at a later time and place, as provided by law.
A constitutional amendment requires adoption by two successive legislatures,
and ratification by the people, before it can become effective.
3Resolved by the
senate, the assembly concurring, That:
Section 1m of article III of the constitution is created to read:
[Article III] Section 1m (1) No qualified elector may cast a ballot in any election 6
unless the elector presents valid photographic identification that verifies the
elector's identity and that is issued by this state, the federal government, a federally 2
recognized American Indian tribe or band in this state, or a college or university in 3
this state. The legislature shall by law establish acceptable forms of photographic 4
identification, and the legislature may by law establish exceptions to the 5
requirement under this subsection.
(2) A qualified elector who is unable to present valid photographic 7
identification on election day shall be permitted to cast a provisional ballot. A 8
provisional ballot may not be counted unless the elector presents valid photographic 9
identification at a later time and place as provided by the legislature by law.
2. Numbering of new provisions.
If another constitutional 11
amendment ratified by the people creates the number of any provision created in this 12
joint resolution, the chief of the legislative reference bureau shall determine the 13
sequencing and the numbering of the provisions whose numbers conflict.
14Be it further resolved, That
this proposed amendment be referred to the 15
legislature to be chosen at the next general election and that it be published for three 16
months previous to the time of holding such election.