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There is a poster displayed at the Menomonie (WI) DMV which reads:
Getting a free ID for voting is easy.
1. Visit your local DMV office. We’ll help. To find a DMV, call us (844) 588-1069
2. Bring the following, if available
• Proof of name and date of birth (such as a Birth Certificate)
• Proof of identity (Social Security Card, Medicaid/Medicare card, etc.)
• WI residency (Utility Bill, Government Mail, Lease, etc.)
• Proof of U.S. Citizenship (U.S. Birth certificate or Citizenship paperwork)
• Social Security Number
3. If you don’t have all or any of these…. You can still get an ID for voting. Just bring what you have to the DMV, fill out two forms, and you will get a photo ID document in the mail that you can use in time for voting.
Questions? (844) 588-1069
When two of my friends were visiting (two different visits) the Menomonie DMV office, they witnessed Spanish speaking person(s) ahead of them in line that could not speak any English and had friends with them who could speak English. They did not have any official paperwork (like a birth certificate) to prove who they were but yet were awarded the voter ID. Doesn’t this make you wonder if non-citizens are voting in Wisconsin?
The DMV at the Melby Street DMV in Eau Claire had posters displayed in English and one in Spanish that read, “Free ID and Identification Card Petition Process. No Birth Certificate. No problem! Ask us how!” If they can’t come up with a birth certificate, how can there be integrity in that person’s identification? When my friend asked the DMV person for that ID, the worker opened a drawer, ran his fingers over some things, and told her that it was “inconveniently unavailable.”
In order to get a REAL ID-compliant WI driver’s license when I renewed my license, I had to provide my birth certificate, and a variety of other documents (ex. utility invoice with address on it) to prove that I was who I was and that I was living at the current address. One needs this certified ID in order to fly on an airplane. So how can certain people get by without showing a birth certificate?