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Walker to sign photo ID requirement into law

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker is scheduled to sign into law a bill requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls.

Walker planned to sign the bill Wednesday in the Capitol. It marks the end of an eight-year push by Republicans to enact the photo ID requirement.

They passed it three times when Democrat Jim Doyle was governor, but he vetoed it each time.

Republicans say the requirement is needed to combat voter fraud, while Democrats say it's more about disenfranchising voters.

The requirement to show a photo ID when voting would take effect next year, but other changes affecting absentee voting and the ability to vote take effect immediately and would be in force for recall elections this summer.

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