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Senate Dems block Voter ID amendment

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Senate Dems block Voter ID amendment
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Wisconsin Senate Republicans tried but failed Thursday to get a vote on making people show photo ID's at the polls.

Eighteen Democrats voted not to bring up the proposed constitutional amendment and 14 Republicans stood firm in demanding it.

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The GOP says voters must identify themselves better to stop fraud. They pointed to a new Milwaukee Police report which outlined numerous problems with the 2004 presidential election.

Democrats have fought off voter ID's for years, saying it prevents the poor and young adults from casting ballots.

Earlier Thursday a couple Senate Democrats interrupted a news conference the GOP was holding to demand a vote on the measure.

Sen. Spencer Coggs, D-Milwaukee, took issue with the police report.

He said his committee never brought up the matter because it would disenfranchise voters.

After Gov. Jim Doyle vetoed the ID bill three times, Republicans rammed through a constitutional amendment in the last session, one that Doyle could not legally veto.

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