Voter ID in Wisconsin

Update, 10/10/14: On Thursday, October 9, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked implementation of Wisconsin’s voter ID law. The Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau’s Capitol Headlines Daily for October 10, 2014 has a round-up of news articles about the action:

On Friday, September 12, 2014, the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals reinstated Wisconsin’s voter ID law. Photo ID will be required at the November 2014 general election. The Government Accountability Board (GAB) is working to implement the law. Their website provides information for voters and poll workers.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ran an article about the ruling on September 12, as did other news outlets, including the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

Other documents of interest:

Post in the comments below if you know of other documents or articles that I missed!

Reported Induced Abortions in Wisconsin, 2013

The website of WISC-tv Madison ( reported that the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has released a new report that shows Wisconsin residents obtained fewer abortions in 2013 than in 2012, continuing a five-year decline from 2009. The full report can be found on the DHS webpage,

In Memoriam: John Peters, 1938-2014

We are saddened to learn of the death of John A. Peters, former director of the Wisconsin Historical Society Government Documents Department.  John passed away in his sleep on Saturday, August 23.  John, aka Mr. Peters, worked at the Historical Society Library from 1965 until his retirement in the mid 1990’s and thereafter as a volunteer.  He expertly and thoughtfully led the Government Documents Department during his tenure.  John was instrumental in pioneering the concept of Regional Depository Libraries.  John mentored countless library students in the intricacies of government information.

In 1997 John received the Bernardine Abbott Hoduski Founders Award from the American Library Association’s Government Documents Round Table (GODORT).  You can read a brief tribute to him on the occasion of this award here.  

There will be no memorial service, John will be cremated and buried in Seattle.

Full obituary

We extend our condolences to John’s family and friends and to his colleagues at the Wisconsin Historical Society Library.

Thanks to Nancy Mulhern and Margaret Booth for their assistance with this post.