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Law change, money needed to check voters’ immigration status

Published On: Dec 17 2012 12:49:02 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 17 2012 04:46:01 PM CST
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Accessing a federal database of legal immigrants to examine whether they can legally vote in Wisconsin would require a law change and cost over $1 million over the next five years.

That is according to a report prepared by staff at the state elections board that is to be discussed at its meeting Tuesday.

The Government Accountability Board report comes in response to a request sent in July from Republican state Sen. Mary Lazich who asked that the board look into using the U.S. Department of Homeland Security database to weed out illegal aliens who may be voting.

The GAB report does not take a position on whether the necessary law changes to access the database should be made.

Lazich said the report provides good information, but would not say whether she intends to pursue the issue.

Nine states either have used the database or plan to.