When did you last show your photo ID?
On Monday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court declined to consider the state’s appeals of two rulings blocking the state’s new voter ID law from taking effect. That leaves lower appeals courts to make decisions on the law as recall elections draw near.
That news reminded me of a conversation I heard on WCLO last week. I typically tune to “Your Talk Show” as I head to work each morning. My drive is short, so I only heard part of a chat between show host Tim Bremel and his assistant, Rose Stricker.
Tim has suggested that requiring people to show voter IDs is not so onerous because almost all of us have them. He reasoned that we must show a driver’s license at many places these days, such as at banks and video stores. Yet he acknowledged that it has been quite a while since he last had to show it.
My wife and I use a video store near our neighborhood, but since we registered, staffers never ask for our IDs when we check out a movie. Likewise, I can usually get past the city’s demolition landfill guard without showing my driver’s license, though a sign suggests each driver should have it ready. When I visit my bank downtown, the tellers know me and don’t ask for my ID.
I do have an account at Blackhawk Community Credit Union, however, and make deposits or withdrawals only every few months or so. There, tellers ask to see my photo ID. I'm actually glad they do.
Rose told Tim she checked her driver’s license last year and that was good because it was almost due to expire. She hadn’t pulled it out in eight years, she said. Well, mine was due to expire next month, but the state Division of Motor Vehicles was kind enough to send me a friendly reminder card explaining how to renew it. As long as such a notice doesn’t wind up in your heap of junk mail, your license shouldn’t expire without your knowledge.