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Voter ID hearing: GAB head worries about training


MADISON (WKOW) -- The top official on Wisconsin's elections board says his primary concern about the photo voter-ID law Wisconsin lawmakers passed in 2011 was training the state's uncommonly large number of elections workers.

Government Accountability Board(GAB) head Kevin Kennedy testified Thursday in the federal hearing over that voter-ID law.

Kennedy says there were about 1,850 election workers in Wisconsin at the time, or one-sixth the number for the entire nation. He says it's "never an easy process" to keep workers up to speed on new voting laws, particularly when the rules are fairly complicated.

The GAB is the agency that would enforce the voter-ID law, which requires Wisconsin voters show photo ID at the polls.

The 2011 law has been put on hold pending a number of legal challenges.

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