11/15/2013 UPDATE:

MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ The latest approach to require that voters show photo identification at the polls has passed the Wisconsin state Assembly.

Wisconsin's current law passed in 2011 but is on hold in court. Assembly Republicans say the new approach passed Thursday on a party line 54-38 vote will strengthen the chances that the law is in effect for the 2014 election.

Democrats oppose the requirement, saying the intent is to dampen turnout among groups more likely to vote Democratic. Republicans say the goal is to prevent voter fraud, even though there have only been a handful of such cases brought forward in Wisconsin.

The bill appears unlikely to become law. Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says he won't take it up while the court case over the current law is ongoing.


In-person absentee voting hours would be limited to certain hours during the week under a Republican-backed bill passed by the Wisconsin state Assembly.

The measure passed Thursday on a 53-39 vote with all Republicans in support and all Democrats against.

Under the proposal, in-person absentee voting would be limited to 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. It would not be allowed on weekends, unless the municipality is open 30 or fewer office hours a week.

Republican supporters say the change will insure there are more uniform hours across the state. But Democratic opponents say the change is targeting the Democratic cities of Milwaukee and Madison, which held extended and weekend hours during the 2012 election.


MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Only those Wisconsin state officials charged with a serious crime or ethical violation could be recalled from office under a constitutional amendment that has passed the state Assembly.

The Republican-controlled Assembly passed the amendment 53-39 with all Democrats opposed.

The measure must pass the Senate and the full Legislature again next session before it would be put to a vote of the people.

Democrats objected, saying the right to recall public officials shouldn't be infringed upon. Republicans say it simply puts in place a reasonable threshold before recalls could be initiated.

Republican Gov. Scott Walker was the first governor in U.S. history to survive a recall in 2012.