MADISON, Wis. — The Latest on allegations that Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles employees have been giving inaccurate information on how people can obtain voting credentials (all times local):
Attorneys for the state of Wisconsin have filed a report acknowledging some Department of Transportation employees supplied inaccurate information to people looking to obtain alternative credentials for voting in lieu of photo identification.
But the filing Friday says the agency has since corrected the issues and upgraded training.
U.S. District Judge James Peterson ordered the state to investigate media reports that Division of Motor Vehicle employees supplied inaccurate information to people looking to obtain voting credentials because they lacked supporting documents to get an ID.
The report acknowledged some DMV employees communicated inaccurate or incomplete information. But it says the Transportation Department sent undercover state troopers into 31 offices and they were given the correct information. The DMV also has mandated new training, created credentialing specialists and set up a hotline.
Peterson will consider the report at a hearing next week.
Gov. Scott Walker says the state Department of Justice found problems with how Wisconsin’s voter ID law was being administered during spot checks at Division of Motor Vehicle driver’s license stations.
Walker said Friday that the DOJ “had concerns” with what they found, but that the DMV has responded. He did not specify what those concerns were.
The DMV must submit a report in federal court by Friday that outlines how it is implementing a court order that requires the state to provide voting credentials for people who lack the required documents to get a photo ID.
Walker’s administration had ordered the DMV to get the credentials to voters within six days, but recordings from various DMV offices revealed workers were giving inaccurate information.
Walker says DMV workers must administer the law “in a uniform way.”