Need Photo ID in your county? Yes – Maybe – No

The correct answer is NO.

You do not need a photo ID to vote in the Senate Primary Election. Of course, you did not need such ID when if you voted in the Recall Election, but if you relied on your local county clerk’s web site in Vernon, Adams or Brown Counties to learn the answer, you may have been misinformed.

The Voter ID debate, legislation, and court injunction proceedings have clicked along for months leaving voters with a snip-it of information here, and a snap it of news there, until people are confused. Yet, when you seek the authoritative, non-partisan, source for the current information from your local county clerk, like Ron Hoff in Vernon County, you are told you need a photo id to vote at the polls. How many people were misinformed by his message and did not vote in the recent elections since the law was held up by an injunction? We will never know.

When people are confused about their right to vote due to an ever evolving wave of conflicting information, it is the job of the county clerk to help – to make your voting rights clear – yet Ron Hoff and other clerks do the opposite by posting the wrong information on the official county site on which voters rely.

Voter Photo ID Law Status: No ID Currently Required for Voting

Two separate judges, on March 6 and March 12, 2012, have issued injunctions preventing the Government Accountability Board from enforcing photo ID requirements in 2011 Act 23. The Wisconsin Department of Justice has appealed those injunctions, and the appeals have been certified to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which on April 16 sent them back to the respective Courts of Appeals. Voter Photo ID Law Information

Joy Conley on face book is running for the office of County Clerk of Vernon County. She has experience as asst. County Clerk, with good grasp of election integrity issues, and is committed to running an open and transparent office. A breath of fresh air to incumbent Ron Hoff.

Do citizens need to “cut and paste” the above message into an email to their county clerk to inform them of the correct information and to avoid confusion? Isn’t providing the most current information about elections their job? If so, perhaps some clerks need to be replaced. There is an election right around the corner.

So, Why do the county clerks web sites in Vernon, Brown, and Adams counties say a photo Id is required?

Maybe they don’t know that Photo ID’s are not required, they haven’t updated there site in a few months, or maybe, perhaps, they don’t want you to know”.

Adams County Clerk Cindy Phillippi
(608) 339-4200

Information on the county clerk’s official site under Election Information.

Election Information

Voter ID Brochure – How to Obtain a Wisconsin State ID for Voting Purposes (PDF 397Kb)

Instead, of informing voters they DO NOT need a Photo ID. she directs them to a page to learn how to get one!

Brown County Clerk Darlene K. Marcelle
Phone: 920-448-4000

If you go to Darlene’s official web site to find out photo id information?

You click the category for “elections”, then click “registration information” you are eventually linked to a Government Accountablity Board (GAB) with the message “Page Not Found”.

Thanks Darelene. How about just pasting up the current GAB message above on your web site.

One Third of Counties Misinform Voters

After reviewing 25 of the 72 Wisconsin Counties web sites for a clear statement regarding the requirement of a photo ID to cast a ballot, 8 were found to have posted information that is in violation of state statutes that require accuracy of information about voting law. Yes, they broke the law. Many other sites did not post the information directly on the web site but pasted a link to the GAB, where a voter may find a “Page Not Found” message or a gobbledygook string of links that serves to confuse the voter more than to provide a simple answer to a simple question. This maze of law breaking, confusing, and “Page not Found” messaging has gone on since the original, now defunct, Voter Id Law was passed.


5 thoughts on “Need Photo ID in your county? Yes – Maybe – No


    We, the undersigned municipal clerks of Vernon County, feel compelled to write a letter in support of Ron Hoff, our current Vernon County Clerk.

    Ron and his staff are always prompt and courteous with any questions or situations that we might have. If they don’t know the answer, they will promptly find out for us or put us in touch with someone who can help us.

    With all of the changes taking place with elections in the last several months, Ron has been up to date with the changes and promptly passed on information to us. He has held classes to keep us up to date on our required hours of training needed. He says that he is here for us and he follows through with that. His support to us as municipal clerks goes above and beyond the call of duty.

    We, as municipal clerks, would like to show our support and appreciation to Ron and his staff. We would appreciate your support on Aug. 14 for Ron.

    Donna Leum, Town of Viroqua;

    Annette M. Sheldon, Town of Jefferson;

    Kim Dull, Town of Franklin;

    Ruthie Lepke, Town of Harmony;

    Renita Williamson, Village of Coon Valley;

    Linda O’Connor, Town of Bergen;

    Jerome Pedretti, town of Genoa;

    Lorraine Bakkestuen; Town of Coon;

    Beth Campbell, Village of Viola;

    Teresa Taylor, Village of Ontario;

    Mona Spohn, Town of Whitestown;

    Shawna Koch, Village of Readstown;

    Mary Holte, City of Westby;

    Kimberly Martinson, Town of Wheatland;

    Kent Hatlestad, Village of Stoddard;

    Kay Yanske, Town of Sterling;

    Carrie Brudos, Village of De Soto;

    Jackie Olson, Town of Christiana;

    Anne Murihead, Village of Genoa;

    Ole Yttri, Town of Webster;

    Mary Stanek, Town of Greenwood;

    Linda Sebranek, Town of Forest;

    Sheila Schraufnagel, City of Hillsboro;

    Jennifer Burchell, Town of Hillsboro


    • He charged a constituent $16/hr to view election materials. When he was asked to provide a required form “Chain of Custody of memory cartridges” he did a “slight of hand” and produced an “Election incident report”; When asked if the memory cards for the June 5 Recall election had been in his office for the time required by state statute, he dodged the question three times. I later discovered that the memory cards for the town of DeSoto were sent back early – before the time they were required to be kept secure by law.

      Is this the same person the letter describes as “Ron and his staff are always prompt and courteous with any questions or situations that we might have. If they don’t know the answer, they will promptly find out for us or put us in touch with someone who can help us.” ? The same person who publishes illegal and false statements about voter rights on his official web site?


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