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    Last updated Tuesday, December 04, 2012

2011-12 Election Administration Bills in Wisconsin

The main Senate committee for election bills is Transportations and Elections (T&E).

3 Republicans: Chair is Mary Lazich (New Berlin).  Vice Chair is Joe Leibham (Sheboygan).  Member: Frank Lasee (Bellevue).
2 Democrats: Jon Erpenbach (Middleton); Spencer Coggs (Milwaukee).


The main Assembly committee for election bills is Election and Campaign Reform  (E&CR).

5 Republicans: Chair is Gary Tauchen (Bonduel).  Vice-Chair is Kathy Bernier (Chippewa Falls).  Members:  Jeff Stone (Greendale), Don Pridemore (Hartford), Chad Weininger (Green Bay).

3 Democrats: Jocasta Zamarippa (Milwaukee),  Kelda Helen Roys (Madison), Fred Kessler (Milwaukee).

Bills Passed

2011 Wisconsin Act 23 - Several items that make it harder to vote, including showing certain types of ID.  Was AB-7, second substitute amendment.  ID portion halted by temporary injunction issued March 6, 2012.  Leg Council Memo

2011 Acts 39, 43, and 44 - Redistricting.  Legislative Council Memo, Memo, Memo

2011 Wisconsin Act 45 - Move presidential primary to first Tuesday in April.  Was SB-115 sub amendment.  Leg Council Memo

2011 Wisconsin Act 75 - Move fall primary from September to second Tuesday in August.  Started at SB-116, which was replaced by Assembly sub amendment 1.  Leg Council Memo

2011 Wisconsin Act 115 - Boards of Canvassers may delay the start of canvassing until Monday after the election.  Leg Council Memo

2011 Wisconsin Act 227 -  Senate sub amendment 1 for SB-271.  If you return an absentee ballot, you can't vote on election day. Leg Council Act memo.

2011 Wisconsin Act 240 - was SB-386 - eliminates requirement for special registration deputy at high schools.  Leg Council Act memo.

Bills introduced

# & Main Sponsor

Status

Subject

Comments

Senate Bills
SB-6 Leibham

Companion bill to AB-7

 

fiscal note from GAB

Public Hearing Jan 26, 10 am, by T&E.  No fiscal note is available, but see here for fiscal costs based upon previous bill.  MJS summary of hearing

 

Substitute amendment given third reading - no longer amendable w/o unanimous consent.  See explanation of substitute.

Identical to Stone's Assembly bill for photo ID

 

GAB testimony - Kevin Kennedy

LWV testimony

GAB page on this bill, including Burden's paper.  UWM research paper  MJS editorial.  Kane column Fort Worth. Missouri student suppression  One WI Now  Cap Times  LaCrosse Tribune  Tova Wang SEIU  Summary of other states  Sheboygan Press  Badger Herald Daily Cardinal MJSJan 18 MJSJan 29 LWVWI  Oshkosh NW  Haidinger  Malischke  Wichita Eagle Canon/Moynihan Cost in NC Missouri testimony Milwaukee Courier Badger Herald Common Cause Sheboygan Press 
SB-35 Carpenter March 16 - referred to T&E reduce Senators to 25, and Reps to 75  
SB-115 Lazich

Companion bill to AB-162

Sub amendment signed by Governor on Sept. 30, becomes Act 45 Moves presidential primary to 1st Tuesday in April Identical to AB-162
SB-116 Lazich Companion bill to AB-161 Sub amendment passed by senate 20-13.  Scheduled for Assembly floor for Oct. 25.  Passed by Ass and then again by Senate Nov 2

Nov 16, 2011, Signed by Gov.  Now is Act 75

Moves fall primary to 2nd Tuesday in August, to meet the MOVE act.  Also prevents all voters from getting email ballots.  All absentees will be counted if postmarked by election day and rec'd by Friday. Sub amendment 1 also allows all absentee ballots to be counted if postmarked by election day and received by Friday after election. Also would allow polling places to be switched up to 30 days before an election.  Also:  "Currently, the municipal clerk or board of election commissioners of each municipality must, upon request of any absentee elector, transmit an absentee ballot to the elector by electronic mail or facsimile transmission. This bill authorizes and requires a municipal clerk or board to transmit an absentee ballot electronically only to a military or overseas elector, as defined in federal law, upon request of such an elector."
SB-148 Committee Signed by Gov Aug 9 Gerrymander of legislative districts Now Act 43
SB-149 Committee Signed by Gov Aug 9 Gerrymander of congressional districts Now Act 44
SB-150 Committee Signed by Gov. July 25 Changes rules for redistricting and litigation Now Act 39
SB-157 Risser Companion bill to AB-198 Introduced July 29, sent to Committee on Govt OPs GAB and LRB would develop redistricting plans & submit to legislature  
SB-162 Taylor Companion bill to AB 226 Introduced Aug 10, referred to T&E Requires DOT to tell people ID cards are free for voting Fiscal note:  minimal effect
SB-165      S. Coggs Aug 11, 2011, referred to Committee on Judiciary Free birth certificates for 1 year for Milw. County residents  
SB-167 Coggs Introduced Aug 11, referred to T&E Must live within the senate district to  challenge voters  
SB-176 Shilling Companion bill to AB-268 Sept 7 - referred to T&E vacancies in the legislature - elections must be called within 60 days  
SB-245 Risser Companion to AB-355 Oct 19, referred to Committee on Judiciary Exempts GAB from having to send rules to Gov.  
SB-247 Carpenter Oct 19, referred to T&E Exempts voters over 65 from ID law  
SB-256 Taylor Companion to AB-354 Oct 25 - referred to T&E allows voters to get free replacement ID's Incorporated into SB-116 (Assembly sub amendment 1) and passed by both houses Nov 2 to 3
SB-267 Leibham Companion to AB-370 Nov 2 passed by Senate.  Dec 20 referred to Ass. E&CR Allow cities > 35,000 to combine reporting units Discussed by Madison Election Advisory Committee July 2009
SB-268 Lazich Hearing Oct 31 initial applicability of redistricting Erpenbach offers 3 amendments
SB-269 Lazich Companion bill to AB-169 Feb. 14 Senate sub amendment passed by Senate 17-16 Allow pollworkers to work anywhere in county See letter suggesting limitations to avoid outside PW from taking over polls.  League WV letter against.
SB-270 Lazich Hearing Oct 31 recall petitions must be notarized Leibham withdraws as co-author.  Erpenbach offers 3 amendments.
SB-271 Lazich  sub amendment Signed by the Governor April 6, 2012 If you return an absentee ballot, you can't vote on election day Amended to be similar to AB-525.  League WV letter against.  Leg Council memo on sub amendment 1.  Sub amendment passed both houses on party line vote.
SB-298 Hansen Nov 21- referred to T&E privacy envelope for absentee ballots  
SB-311 Taylor Companion to AB-393 Nov 30 referred to T&E Prohibits voter suppression  
SB-323 Holperin Introduced Dec. 7 free birth certificates if needed for voter ID  
SB-329 Taylor Companion to AB-444 Dec 8 referred to T&E felons regain voting rights when released from prison  
SB-334 Grothman Dec 9 referred to T&E Nomination & recall petitions must be notarized  
SB-340 Coggs Dec. 19 referred to T&E requires candidates in party primaries to state they adhere to party principles  
SB-367 Grothman Companion to AB-545 Jan 12 OK'd by committee 4-1 penalty for signing recall petition more than once. similar to AB-441 and AB-545
SB-374 Lazich Companion to AB-472 Jan 12 Ok'd by T&E Committee prohibit bribing to sign petition  
SB-381 Lazich Companion to AB-476 Feb 17, 2012, Passed and signed by Gov.  Now Act 115 Delays the start of canvassing until Monday after election See legislative council memo dated Feb 17, 2012
SB-386 Lazich Companion to AB-481 Passed both houses in party line vote.  Signed by the Governor April 6, 2012 eliminates requirement for SRD in high schools League of Women Voters letter against.  FEW mythbuster Letter to Berceau.   Milw. Youth Council Brennan Center.  Erpenbach offered amendments that were tabled.
SB-481 Taylor Companion to AB-639 Feb 15 referred to T&E permit Tech college ID's to be used as voter ID  
SB-528 Risser Companion to AB-365 Feb 28 referred to T&E paperless online registration, with instant HAVA check Project of FEW since January 2009
SB-553  Olsen Companion to AB-724 March 6 referred to T&E Vet's ID OK for voting Bipartisan sponsorship
SB-561 Lassa Companion to AB-741 Introduced March 15, referred to committee on Senate Org. Prohibits harassment of recall signers  
SB-566   S. Coggs Companion to AB-729 Introduced March 15, referred to committee on Senate Org. Prohibits employment discrimination for those who sign recall petition  
Assembly Bills
LRB 0434/1 Kleefisch circulated in Jan. 2011 for co-sponsors, but never submitted as a bill. Would eliminate election day registration. This will be expensive.  See fiscal note for AB-158 from 2007.  PEW study on EDR.  WSJ editorial.  Dane101 blog Sheboygan Press  Milwaukee Courier  Craig Gilbert
AB-7 Stone

Companion bill to SB-6

Sub amendment 2 ( as amended by amendment 1) Passed by Assembly & Senate, Signed by Governor, now Act 23

 Wis Eye

Public hearing on April 27 did not include many items in sub amendment

Would require all voters to show ID from either DOT or military, passport, tribal, Naturalization.  No current student ID's are OK since they don't have signature or DOB. See extensive comment section above on SB-6. 

Leg Council memo May 10 on sub 2 as amended.

GAB memo on bill as passed by Assembly.

AB-67 Pridemore Introduced March 30, 2011 Moves deadline for in-person absentee balloting to Friday before election; any election in 2011 - voters asked to show ID; GAB to provide enhanced mail-in registration.  
AB-161 Tauchen Companion bill to SB-116 Hearing June 2, 2011 Sub amendment (as amended) recommended by committee 7-1 on June 10.  Scheduled for Assembly floor for Oct 25 Moves September primary to 2nd Tuesday in August.  Implements MOVE act.  Maintains current law letting anyone request an emailed ballot. Sub amendment 1 also allows all absentee ballots to be counted if postmarked by election day and received by Friday after election. Also would allow polling places to be switched up to 30 days before an election.

Companion bill SB-116 signed by Gov.  Now is Act 75

AB-162 Tauchen Companion bill to SB-115 Hearing June 2, 2011.   Sub amendment recommended by committee 8-0 June 10. Sent to Rules Committee Aug 2.

changes presidential primary from the 3rd Tues in Feb to the first Tues in April

Companion bill SB-115 signed by Governor Sept. 30, becomes act 45
AB-169 Pridemore Companion bill to SB-269 Hearing June 9 Would allow pollworkers to work anywhere in their county Sub amendment would allow political parties to dictate which wards their nominees would serve.  League WV letter against.
AB-170 Pridemore Hearing June 9 creates elections task force Malischke letter suggesting sub amendment
AB-198 Hulsey Companion bill to SB-157 Feb 16 withdrawn from committee GAB and LRB would develop redistricting plans & submit to legislature  
AB-226 Grigsby Companion bill to SB-162 Aug 26- referred to Committee on Transportation Notify DMV customers that free ID is available for voters  
AB-268 Pocan Companion bill to SB-176 Sept 20 referred to E&CR elections to fill legislative vacancies shall be ordered within 60 days  
AB-354 Hebl Companion to SB-256 Nov 1 - referred to E&CR free replacement ID if lost Included in SB-116 , which has been passed by both houses
AB-355 Hebl Companion to SB-245 Nov 1 - referred to E&CR Exempt GAB rules from Governor approval  
AB-365 Berceau Companion to SB-528 Nov 9 - referred to E&CR paperless online registration, with instant HAVA check Project of FEW since January 2009
AB-366 Young Nov 9, 2011 referred to Committee on Transportation DOT must post signs that ID cards are free for voting  
AB-370 Endsly Companion to SB-267 Nov 9 - referred to E&CR Allow cities > 35,000 to combine reporting units Discussed by Madison Election Advisory Committee July 2009
AB-393 Berceau Companion to SB-311 Nov 23 - referred to E&CR Prohibits voter suppression  
AB-441 Fitzgerald Feb 9 Public hearing Outlaws signing petition more than once Similar to SB-367 and AB-545
AB-444 Grigsby Companion to SB-329 Dec 23 referred to E&CR Felons could vote if out of prison  
AB-460  C. Taylor Jan 6, 2012 referred to E&CR All student ID cards would be valid ID.  Only name is needed.  
AB-472 Wynn Companion to SB-374 March 13 passed by Assembly 94-0 prohibit bribing to sign petition  
AB-476 Tauchen Companion to SB-381 Companion bill SB-381 signed into law, now Act 115 Delay canvassing until Monday after election  
AB-481 Thiesfeldt Companion to SB-386 Feb 15 OK'd by committee 4-2.  Special order bill for March 13 per AR 22 Eliminates requirement for SRD at high schools League of Women Voters letter against.  FEW mythbuster Letter to Berceau.   Milw. Youth Council
AB-525 Ott Jan 9 OK'd by committee 4-2 absentee voters may not vote in election day also: clerks may not return ballots, even to help voters.  Fax or email absentee requests must have ID.  LWV letter against.  Similar to SB-271
AB-545 Stroebel Feb 8 referred to E&CR may not sign recall petition twice Similar to SB-367 and AB-441
AB-639 Pasch Companion to SB-481 Feb 28 Referred to E&CR permit Tech college ID's to be used as voter ID  
AB-723 Weininger March 15 referred to E&CR truth in campaigning  
AB-724 Turner Companion to SB-553 March 15 referred to E&CR Vet's ID card could be used as voter ID Bipartisan sponsorship
AB-729 Roys Companion to SB-566 March 15 referred to Committee on Ass. Org. Prohibits employment discrimination for those who sign recall petition  
AB-738  C. Taylor March 15 referred to E&CR Mobile DMV stations;  voters can use affidavits if no ID  
AB-741 Roys Companion to SB-561 March 15 referred to E&CR Prohibits harassment of recall petition signers  
AB-746 Roys March 15 referred to E&CR Prohibits touchscreen voting machines, allow manual recounts  
       
Resolutions to Change Constitution
AJR-51 Spanbauer Aug 2 - referred to E&CR Would change county elected officials (including clerk) from partisan to nonpartisan Letter to Senator Risser and Berceau
AJR-56 E.Coggs Sept 15 referred to E&CR Grants felons the right to vote and hold office  
SJR-42 Schultz & Cullen Sept 29, 2011 referred to Committee on Judiciary Supreme Court Justices would be appointed  
AJR-63   Vos March 6 Passed Assembly 60-37, referred to Senate committee Restrict recalls to felons, or ethics violations See blog Political Heat
AJR-78 Kessler Dec 1 - referred to Homeland Security and State Affairs Establish competitive election criteria for redistricting  
SJR-68 Cullen Feb 28 referred to JUCGO Form independent redistricting commission Schultz and 24 Dems are co-sponsors
AJR-122 Kessler March 6 2012 referred to Committee on Ass. Org. excludes felons who are disenfranchised 
from the census for redistricting
 
AJR-137 C. Taylor March 15 referred to Committee on Ass. Org. Bill of rights, open gov't, redistricting  

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