MADISON, Wis. — The Latest on allegations state Division of Motor Vehicles employees have been giving inaccurate information on how people can obtain voting credentials in lieu of photo identification (all times local):
State attorneys have filed a report acknowledging some Department of Transportation employees supplied inaccurate information to people looking to obtain alternative credentials for voting in lieu of photo identification but the agency has since corrected the issues and upgraded training.
U.S. District Judge James Peterson ordered the state to investigate media reports that Division of Motor Vehicle employees supplied inaccurate information to people looking to obtain voting credentials because they lacked supporting documents to get an ID and submit a report by Friday.
The report acknowledged some DMV employees communicated inaccurate or incomplete information. But the DOT sent undercover state troopers into 31 offices and they were given the correct information. The DMV over the last week also has mandated new training, created credentialing specialists and set up a credential hotline.
Peterson will consider the report at a hearing next week.
Gov. Scott Walker says the state Department of Justice found problems with how Wisconsin’s voter ID law was being administered during spot checks of driver license stations.
Walker said Friday that DOJ “had concerns” with what they found at Division of Motor Vehicle spot checks. He says the DMV has responded to those concerns.
The DMV must submit a report in federal court by Friday outlining how it is implementing a court order that credentials for voting be given to people who lack the required documents to get a photo ID. Walker’s administration had ordered the DMV to get the credentials to voters within six days, but recordings from various DMV offices revealed workers were giving inaccurate information.
Walker says DMV workers must administer the law “in a uniform way.”