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Elections board pushes voter ID information

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s Government Accountability Board is pushing to inform people about new voter photo ID requirements with two weeks left before the spring primary.

The board held a news conference Monday to re-launch its “Bring It to the Ballot” campaign, which it started in 2011 when the law passed.

The photo ID requirement was in effect for the first time during the 2012 spring primary election, but a court soon halted its implementation due to ongoing legal challenges. It will take full effect this year, starting with the Feb. 16 primary.

Government Accountability Board Director Kevin Kennedy says the board spent about $700,000 in 2011 and 2012 to develop videos, brochures and radio ads. This year, however, legislators didn’t provide funding for the campaign, because the law was on hold.

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