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   Last updated Sunday, March 07, 2021

2019-20 Election Administration Bills in Wisconsin

The main Senate committee for election bills is Elections, Ethics, and Rural Issues (EERI)
3 Republicans: Chair is Kathy Bernier (Chippewa Falls), Vice Chair is Tom Tiffany (Minocqua), and Dale Kooyenga (Brookfield).
2 Democrats
 Mark Miller (Monona) and Jeff Smith (Eau Claire)


The main Assembly committee for election bills is Campaigns and Elections (C&E).
6 Republicans: Chair is Ron Tusler (Harrison.  Vice Chair is Joe Sanfelippo (New Berlin).  Members: 
David Murphy (Greenville), Janel Brandtjen (Menomonee Falls), John Macco (Ledgeview), and Shae Sortwell (Two Rivers.)
3 Democrats
JoCasta Zamarripa (Milwaukee), Lisa Subeck (Madison), Mark Spreitzer (Beloit)


Bills that became law

Act 48 - was AB-168 - Waives requirement for voters to say name and address if voter is unable to do so.  However, an election official, or another person selected by the voter, must state the voter’s name and address after the election official verifies the voter’s proof of identification.  Leg Council memo.

Act 99 - was SB-335 - Sets procedures for Lake District elections.

Act 164 - was SB-108 - Reorganizes the statutes prescribing the methods for filling vacancies in elective offices in cities and villages.

Act 182 - was SB-422 - If there is no candidate in an election who may petition for a recount, the certificate of election may be issued immediately after completion of the canvass.

Bills introduced    (This list does NOT include campaign finance bills.)  Bills passed are in red.

# & Main Author

Status

Subject & Comments

Senate Bills
SB-48   Craig Companion to AB-43 Passed by committee as amended 3-2 (Smith and Miller against) 6/12/19.  Public Hearing recorded by Wis Eye (starts at minute 23) 5/7/19.  Passed by Senate 1/21/20, Miller voting "No". Under current law, an elector who shows their marked ballot to a person is guilty of a felony. This bill eliminates that prohibition.
SB-59 Evers Companion to AB-56 Executive budget.  JFC memo explains removal of all these items on 5/9/19.  Fiscal bureau 479-page summary of the bill, dated March 2019.  Or see summary (pages 31 to 33 describe the election items.)  See these links for the proposed statutory changes.

Voter ID: Changes student ID to have 5 year expiration date and deletes the signature and proof of enrollment requirements. Also, ID from IDPP good for 180 days.

Early Voting:  Eliminates the restriction on how soon early voting starts; provides that a it ends the Friday before the election.

Automatic Voter Registration using data from DOT.
Nonpartisan redistricting.

SB-71 Jacque Companion to AB-64 Passed by Committee 5-0 on 5/29/19.  Passed by Senate 33-0 on 10/8/19. Reimburse local elections office for some costs of some special elections.  Public Hearing recorded by Wis Eye (starts at minute 41) 5/7/19.  Exec meeting (minute 5 to 7)
SB-108 Stroebel Companion to AB-89 Passed by Senate 11/5/19.  Passed by Assembly 2/20/20.  signed  by Gov 3/3/20, now Act 164. Reorganizes the statutes prescribing the methods for filling vacancies 
in elective offices in cities and villages.  Sub amendment passed by committee 5-0 6/12/19.   Public Hearing recorded by Wis Eye (starts at minute 1:03) 5/7/19.
SB-159 Smith Introduced and referred to EERI 4/11/19 Automatic voter registration, keeps voter email and phone private, and several other items.
SB-193 Craig Companion to AB-203 Passed by committee, 3 to 2 (Smith and Miller against) 6/12/19.   Public hearing 5/29/19 (minute 25 to 3:42) Early voting  by inserting ballot into tabulator.
SB-197 Hansen Companion to AB-185 Introduced and referred to EERI 4/30/19 National Popular Vote - bypasses the electoral college.
SB-221 Bernier Companion to AB-244 Passed by committee 5-0 on 6/18/19.  Public hearing 6/12/19 Allows any w-2 form to be used as proof of residence for voting
SB-240 Bernier Companion to AB-245 Passed by committee 5 to zero 5/30/19.  Public hearing (minute 7 to 25) 5/29/19 Relating to: elections administration, recall petitions, and recount procedures. Recommended by the WEC pages 41-53.
SB-241 Bernier Companion to AB-246 Passed by committee 5 to zero 5/30/19.  Public hearing (minute 7 to 25) 5/29/19 Voter Registration:  voter with name change must re-register; clarifies some POR; OK's electronic POR; as recommended by the WEC, pages 44 to 45.
SB-242 Bernier Companion to AB-247 Passed by committee 5 to zero 5/30/19.  Public hearing (minute 7 to 25) 5/29/19 Misc items on retirement homes (p.54), curbside voting (p. 46), incompetence (p.50), canvassing absentees via central count, and ballot harvesting (p.93).
SB-246 Bernier Companion to AB-168 Passed by committee with amendment 1, 5-0, on 6/18/19.  Public hearing 6/12/19.  Companion AB-168 becomes law Waives requirement to say name and address for voters with disability.  Amendment 1 deletes "because of a disability."
SB-288 Hansen Companion to AB-303 Introduced and referred to Gov't Ops 6/21/2019 Legislative Reference bureau would draw redistricting maps
SB-293 Hansen Companion to AB-309 Introduced and referred to EERI 6/21/2019 Automatic voter registration using DOT records
SB-307 Risser Companion to AB-320 Introduced and referred to Gov't Ops 6/28/19 Allow 17 year olds to vote in primary if they will be 18 by general election.  Requires referendum to be enacted.
SB-335 Stroebel Companion to AB-360 Passed 11/5/19 by Senate. Passed by Assembly 1/21/20.  Signed by Gov 2/6/20, now Act 99. Sets procedures for Lake District elections
SB-348 Taylor Introduced and referred to Gov't Oversight 8/14/19 Under bill, felon loses right to vote only while incarcerated.
SB-422 Bernier Companion to AB-342 Public hearing  9/24/19.  Passed by committee 3-2, 10/4/19.  Passed by Senate 1/21/20.  Passed by Assembly 2/20/20.  Signed by Gov 3/3/20, now Act 182. If there is no candidate in an election who may petition for a recount, the certificate of election may be issued immediately after completion of the canvass.
SB-574 LeMahieu Companion to AB-636 Public hearing 1/15/20 on Wis Eye at 3:20:00 mark Allows absentee ballots to be counted the day before the election
SB-606 Bernier Companion to AB-667 Public hearing 1/15/20 on Wis Eye at the 5:04:00 mark.  Passed by EERI 1/24/20, 5-0. Allows home-schooled pupil to serve as pollworker
SB-741 Stroebel Companion to AB-834 OK'd by EERI 5-0 on 2/26/20 Declaration of non-candidacy by incumbent must be published
SB-794 Bernier Companion to AB-861 Introduced and referred to EERI 1/11/20 Authorize military to vote via the internet
SB-795 Bernier Companion to AB-897 Passed by EERI, 4-1, on 2/26/20. Investigations of double voting
SB-860 Larsen Companion to AB-971 Introduced and referred to Gov Ops 2/20/20 April and Nov elections would be state holidays and no UW classes.
SB-893 Smith Companion to AB-1010 Introduced and referred to EERI 3/19/20 Would allow ranked choice voting for local elections
SB-916 Larson Introduced and referred to EERI 3/26/20 Send absentee ballots to voters during emergency
SB-917 Larson Introduced and referred to EERI 3/26/20 Ballots could be counted on the Sunday before election day.
SB-918 Larson Introduced and referred to EERI 3/26/20 During emergency, deadline for online registration is 5 days before the election.
SB-919 Larson Introduced and referred to EERI 3/26/20 During emergency, absentee deadline is postmarked by election day and received by Friday.
SB-920 Larson Introduced and referred to EERI 3/26/20 No voter ID requirement during state of emergency
SB-921 Larson Introduced and referred to EERI 3/26/20 Voter in isolation can use same procedures as hospitalized voter.
SB-922 Larson Introduced and referred to EERI 3/26/20 Early voting on the Sunday before the election during emergency.
Assembly Bills
AB-43 Brooks Companion to SB-48 Introduced and referred to C&E 2/28/19 Under current law, an elector who shows their marked ballot to a person marks the ballot so it is identifiable is guilty of a felony. This bill eliminates that prohibition.
AB-56 Evers Companion to SB-59 Executive budget introduced 2/28/19 See SB-59 above
AB-64 Sortwell Companion to SB-71 Passed by committee 5-0 on 5/29/19. Reimburse local elections office for costs of some special elections.  Public hearing (starts at 1:10) 4/23/19.  Exec meeting (minute 3.5 to 5)
AB-89 Brooks Companion to SB-108 Public Hearing (minute 11 to 46) on WisEye, 9/10/19.  Companion bill becomes law, Act 164. Reorganizes the statutes prescribing the methods for filling vacancies in elective offices in cities and villages.
AB-168 Zimmerman Companion to SB-246 Passed by Assembly with amendment 6/18/19.  Passed by Committee with Amendment 1, 5-0, on 5/29/19.  Passed by Senate 10/8/19.  Signed by Gov 11/22/19. Waives requirement to say name and address for voters with disability.   Public hearing (first 70 minutes) C&E 4/23/19.  Exec meeting (first 4 minutes).  Amendment 1 deletes "because of a disability."
AB-185 Hebl Companion to SB-197 Introduced and referred to C&E 4/25/19 National Popular Vote - bypasses the electoral college.  Press release.
AB-203 Brandtjen Companion to SB-193 Passed by committee with 2 amendments 8-1 (Sanfelippo against) 6/18/19.   Public hearing 5/29/19 (minute 25 to 3:42).  Passed by Assembly 2/20/20, with Sanfelippo voting "No." Early voting  by inserting ballot into tabulator.
AB-244 Thiesfeldt Companion to SB-221 Public Hearing (minute 46 to 1:31) on WisEye, 9/10/19 Allows a recent W-2 form to be used as proof of residence for voter registration
AB-245 Tusler Companion to SB-240 Public hearing (minute 7 to 25) 5/29/19.  Passed by committee 6-2, 9/10/19.  Passed by Assembly 2/20/20. Relating to: elections administration, recall petitions, and recount procedures. Recommended by the WEC pages 41-53.
AB-246 Tusler Companion to SB-241 Public hearing (minute 7 to 25) 5/29/19.  Passed by committee 6-2, 9/10/19.  Passed by Assembly 2/20/20. Voter Registration:  voter with name change must re-register; clarifies some POR; OK's electronic POR; as recommended by the WEC, pages 44 to 45.
AB-247 Tusler Companion to SB-242 Public hearing (minute 7 to 25) 5/29/19.  Passed by committee 6-2, 9/10/19.  Passed by Assembly 2/20/20. Misc items on retirement homes (p.54), curbside voting (p. 46), incompetence (p.50), preserves secrecy of ballot during canvassing absentees via central count, and ballot harvesting (p.93)
AB-303 Vining Companion to SB-288 Introduced and referred to C&E 6/20/19 Legislative Reference bureau would draw redistricting maps
AB-309 Crowley Companion to SB-293 introduced and referred to C&E 6/25/19 Automatic voter registration using DOT records
AB-320 Taylor Companion to SB-307 Introduced and referred to C&E 6/27/19 Allow 17 year olds to vote in primary if they will be 18 by general election.  Requires referendum to be enacted.
AB-342 Magnifici Companion to SB-422 Public Hearing (minute 1:31 to 1:46))on WisEye, 9/10/19.  Passed by C&E 8-0 2/14/20.  Companion bill become law, Act 182 If there is no candidate in an election who may petition for a recount, the certificate of election may be issued immediately after completion of the canvass.
AB-360 Gundrum Companion to SB-335 Companion bill passed into law Act 99 Sets procedures for Lake District elections
AB-400 Crowley Introduced and referred to C&E 9/5/19 For census, prisoners would be counted per residence before incarceration.
AB-477 Emerson Companion to SB-348 Introduced and referred to C&E 9/26/19 Under bill, felon loses right to vote only while incarcerated.
AB-636 Vorpagel Companion to SB-574 Public hearing 2/13/20 Allows absentee ballots to be counted the day before the election
AB-667 James Companion to SB-606 Passed by C&E 5-0.  Passed by Assembly 2/18/20 Allows home-schooled pupil to serve as pollworker
AB-834 Ramthun Companion to SB-741 OK'd by C&E, 8-0 on 2/13/20.  Sub amendment passed by Assembly 2/18/20. Declaration of non-candidacy by incumbent must be published
AB-861 Duchow Companion to SB-794 Introduced and referred to C&E 2/4/20 Authorize military to vote via the internet
AB-887 Spreitzer Introduced and referred to C&E 2/11/20 Nomination signature requirements
AB-897 Brandtjen Companion to SB-795 Passed by C&E 5-3 on 2/18/20.  Passed by Assembly 2/20/20 Investigations of double voting
AB-898 Tusler C&E Public hearing 2/13/2020 Student voter suppression, absentee ballot harvesting, timing of special elections
AB-971 Brostoff Companion to SB-860 Introduced and referred to Colleges & Univ. 2/28/20 April and Nov elections would be state holidays and no UW classes.
AB-1010 Subeck Companion to SB-893 Introduced and referred to C&E 3/20/20 Would allow ranked choice voting for local elections
AB-1038 Vos Covid-19 relief bill passed by Assembly 4/14/20; Senate 4/15/20, signed by Gov.

Assemby Amendment 3 tabled at minute 41 without discussion. Senate amendment 1 tabled.

Ass. Amendment 3 tabled - for 2020 elections, would have eliminated ID requirements, extended registration period,  eliminated polling places except for voters with disabilities or language difficulties, eliminated witness signature, and sent ballots to all registered voters.  Requires postmark.  LRB on Senate amendment 1.  SSA 1, page 14
Resolutions and Rules
SJR-10 Ringhand Companion to AJR-12 Introduced and referred to Gov't Ops 3/1/2019 Constitutional amendment that prohibits changes to justice or judge elections after November elections.
AJR-12 Spreitzer Companion to SJR-10 Introduced and referred to Ass. Org., 3/17/19 Constitutional amendment that prohibits changes to justice or judge elections after November elections.
AJR-30 Ballweg Introduced and referred to Rules 4/25/19 Celebrates centennial of 19th amendment. 97 Ass cosponsors (not Sortwell, 1 vacant); 32 senate cosponsors (not Kooyenga)
AJR-32 Hebl Introduced and referred to Const. & Ethics 4/25/19 Changes Constitution to allow for referendums and initiatives
SJR-68 Stroebel Companion to AJR-86 Introduced and referred to Gov't Ops 10/4/19 Term limits for state offices
AJR-86 Edming Companion to SJR-68 Introduced and referred to State Affairs 10/1/19 Term  limits for state offices
AJR-111 Crowley Introduced and referred to Constitution 12/20/19 People may propose laws by petition
SJR-87 Smith Introduced and referred to Gov Ops 1/29/20 Legislative and Congressional redistricting
AJR-124 Hesselbein Introduced and referred to Constitution & Ethics companion to SJR 87, above

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