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PolitiFact Wisconsin: Photo ID and COVID-19 claims

Posted at 7:12 PM, Oct 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-23 20:12:06-04

MILWAUKEE — Wisconsin's voter ID and mask-wearing policy have come under a lot of scrutiny for politicians. PolitiFact Wisconsin checks out a couple of claims with the Truth-O-Meter.

In Wisconsin, 'you are required to have a photo ID to vote.'

"U.S Rep. Gwen Moore said at a get-out-the-vote event that voters can use an ID even if it is expired or if you have moved," said PolitiFact Wisconsin's Eric Litke.

PolitiFact Wisconsin has a couple of caveats on both claims. Your address can be wrong as long as you are registered. But what about Congresswoman Moore's claim about using an expired ID?

"Expired ID cards are allowed for voting as long as they were valid for the previous general elections," said Litke, in this case, in November of 2018. Cards expired previous to 2018 would not be allowed and that's the detail Moore left out."

PolitiFact Wisconsin rated this claim - Mostly True.

GOP state Senator Van Wanggaard is not a fan of mask mandates.

"He said no one under age 20 has died of COVID-19 and quote 'it has not actually been determined yet that anyone under age 20 can spread the disease to those who are older,'" said Litke.

PolitiFact Wisconsin says Sen. Wanggaard later backtracked, saying less than a third of a percent have died - which is more accurate but he's off base on the impact of spreading the disease.

"A recent CDC report showed an increase among older age groups," said Litke, after increases among those under 20, indicating likely transmission.

PolitiFact Wisconsin says Wanggaard's claim was missing some critical details and rated it Mostly False.

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