The Alma Center village clerk/treasurer admits she erred in running a notice in a countywide publication that advised residents they needed to show photo identification at the polls to vote Nov. 6.
The notice that ran in an advertising shopper this week primarily was aimed at letting voters know the polling site had been shifted to the VFW Hall due to road construction at the Village Hall, clerk/treasurer Kristine Burlingame said.
But she also added to the notice, “ ... be sure to bring your ID with you. The law now requires that you show your ID before you can vote.”
The Republican-majority Wisconsin Legislature and Gov. Scott Walker approved a law in 2011 requiring certain forms of voter ID at the polls, but two state courts later put that on hold after it was challenged as unconstitutional. The state Supreme Court then declined to hear an appeal in time for the 2012 general elections.
Burlingame said she wasn’t trying to mislead voters; she just misinterpreted the identification or other proof of residency requirement needed to register at the polls.
The village will run a corrected notice in two countywide publications for at least two more weeks, she said.
The notice had been forwarded Tuesday to the Government Accountability Board in Madison but staff had not yet spoken with Burlingame, GAB spokesman Reid Magney said.
The GAB has no penalty for the error, Magney said, but wants to be certain the clerk/treasurer understands current state voting requirements.