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Despite Supreme Court ruling, Doyle still against Voter ID

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Gov. Jim Doyle is still against making voters show photo IDs at the polls, even though the U.S. Supreme Court says it's constitutional.

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The Democrat Doyle still insists the mandate would discourage thousands of poor, older and minority Wisconsinites from voting.

The Supreme Court rejected those arguments Monday when it upheld Indiana's tough voting ID mandate in a 6-3 verdict.

Republicans say the IDs are a must in stopping voter fraud.

Rep. Jeff Stone, R-Greendale, wants a special legislative session this year to pass a constitutional amendment for it.

But Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker tossed that aside, saying we don't need more barriers to have people vote.

Sen. Joe Leibham, R-Sheboygan, calls that a political stand which favors Democrats on Election Day.

He said the GOP has bent over backwards to compromise, suggesting things like free IDs for the poor, and exempting homebound voters.

He says Democrats refuse to compromise.

As a result, a constitutional amendment could not be passed until at least 2011.

If Republicans want it earlier, they'll have to win both houses in November with veto-proof majorities, a seemingly impossible task.

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