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State worker e-mailed voter ID info, fired

MADISON, Wis., Sept. 8 (UPI) -- A Wisconsin state employee was fired Thursday after he sent an e-mail to co-workers informing them of a state policy making photo identification cards free.

Chris Larsen, of Madison, sent information to fellow employees at the state Department of Safety and Professional Services detailing the Department of Transportation's policy that photo IDs are free only for those who ask to have the fee waived, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. He was fired hours later.

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The DOT has been required to give out free IDs since May when it was mandated that voters must show photo ID at the polls. Employees at the DOT were told in July to waive the $28 fee, but only if asked -- they are not permitted to volunteer the information to people coming into DOT offices.

Larsen said he sent the e-mail so his co-workers would know they could get their IDs for free, but his supervisor told him it was inappropriate.

John Murray, executive assistant at the Department of Safety and Professional Services, said the dismissal is under review and that Larsen had previously been documented for other work violations.

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