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New voter ID law raises voter concern


WAUSAU (WAOW) -- Friday, a Federal Appeals Court reinstated a law requiring Wisconsin voters to present a form of picture identification before voting in November.

Wausau officials say voters are calling with questions, but election experts don't have all the answers yet.

"We haven't received a lot of detail from the Government Accountability Board," explained Wausau City Clerk, Toni Rayala. "They said within a week they'll give us more information."

Rayala says one of the biggest concerns is cost. According to the City Clerk, the Department of Transportation will provide voter's ID's free of charge because, "We don't want to punish anyone for not having an ID."

The Government Accountability Board said Monday that the biggest immediate issue is what to do about nearly 12-thousand absentee ballots that have already been mailed without the voter showing the required ID.

Until new instructions for absentee ballots are complete, Wausau election officials say they won't send out any more absentee ballots.

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