MADISON, WIS. — A lawsuit demanding that Wisconsin election officials verify voters' identity before the November election could lead to frustration at the polls and exhausted clerks in a hotly contested state in the presidential race.
Atty. Gen. J.B. Van Hollen's lawsuit, filed Wednesday, demands that the state Government Accountability Board order election clerks to confirm the identities of potentially tens of thousands of voters -- and possibly many more -- who have registered since Jan. 1, 2006. The work would have to be done by election day, Nov. 4. Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi has scheduled a Sept. 19 hearing.