Milwaukee elections chief: Voter ID law hurt city's turnout

Posted at 11:02 AM, Nov 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-11 12:05:39-05

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Milwaukee's elections chief says Wisconsin's voter ID law caused problems at the polls in the city and likely contributed to lower voter turnout.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Milwaukee saw a decline of about 41,000 voters in Tuesday's election compared with 2012, when President Barack Obama won broad support in the city and coasted to re-election.

Neil Albrecht, executive director of the city's Election Commission, says Milwaukee saw some of the largest declines in districts the commission projected would have the most problems with voter ID requirements. He says some of the decrease in turnout had to do with less enthusiasm for the presidential candidates.

Tom Evenson, a spokesman for Republican Gov. Scott Walker, says the voter ID law didn't hurt voter turnout and that the law has made voting easy while ensuring it's difficult to cheat.