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   Last updated Tuesday, April 13, 2021

2021-22 Election Administration Bills in Wisconsin

The main Senate committee for election bills is Elections, Election Process Reform, and Ethics (EEE)
3 Republicans: Chair is Kathy Bernier (Chippewa Falls. Vice Chair is Alberta Darling (River Hills).  Member: Duey Stroebel (Saukville).
2 Democrats
: Jeff Smith (Eau Claire) and Kelda Roys (Madison)


The main Assembly committee for election bills is Campaigns and Elections (C&E).
6 Republicans: Chair is Janel Brandtjen (Menomonee Falls).  Vice Chair is Joe Sanfelippo (New Berlin).  Members: 
David Murphy (Greenville), Donna Rozar (Marshfield), Jeremy Thiesfeldt (Fond du Lac), and Ron Tusler (Harrison).
3 Democrats
: Mark Spreitzer (Beloit), Jodi Emerson (Eau Claire), and Lisa Subeck (Madison).


Bills introduced    (This list does NOT include campaign finance bills.)  Bills passed (by at least one house) are in red.

# & Main Author

Status

Subject & Comments

Senate Bills
SB-21 Jacque

Companion to AB-21

Public hearing 3/11/21 State would pay for special elections for state office.  Similar to 2019 SB-71, which passed Senate unanimously.
SB-52 Stroebel Companion to AB-51 Public hearing 3/11/21.  Passed by committee 5-0 on 3/18/21.  Passed by Senate 3/23/21 Requires public notice of noncandicay for incumbents
SB-61 Kooyenga Companion to AB-35 Introduced and referred to EEE 2/5/21 Allocate presidential electors by congressional district
SB-102 Bernier Companion to AB-94 Public hearing 3/11/21.  Passed by committee 5-0 on 3/18/21.  Passed by Senate 3/23/21. Allow home schoolers to be pollworkers
SB-111   Evers Companion to AB-68 Introduced and referred to JCF 2/16/21 Exec budget, includes 12 election changes page 193;  Redistricting page 397
SB-178 Bernier Public hearing 3/11/21.  Amendment 1Exec 4/13/21 17 changes to election administration, mostly technical.  Similar to 2019 SB-240
SB-179 Bernier Public hearing 3/11/21.  Exec 4/13/21 Technical changes to registration, including accepting electronic proof of residence.  Similar to 2019 SB-241.
SB-180 Bernier Public hearing 3/11/21.  Exec 4/13/21 9 misc. changes, including stricter procedures for curbside voting.  Similat to 2019 SB-242.
SB-203 Stroebel Companion to AB-192 Introduced and referred to EEE 3/16/21 Restricts who and how an absentee ballot can be returned.  Violators commit a felony.
SB-204 Stroebel Companion to AB-201 Public Hearing 4/15/21 Harder to apply for absentee ballot; ends permanent list; ends most exceptions to ID law; no unsolicited mailng of applications for absentee ballot. WEC must store pdf of all online registrations.
SB-205 Stroebel Companion to AB-179 Public Hearing 4/15/21 Retirement home voting: relative must get notice of voting times.  Felony for home employees to help.
SB-206 Stroebel Companion to AB-180 Introduced and referred to EEE 3/16/21 Makes it harder for indefinitely confined to get absentee ballot.
SB-207 Stroebel Companion to AB-173 Public hearing EEE 4/8/21.  Amendment 1Exec 4/13/21 Restricts donations for election administration;  employees of political groups cannot be pollworkers.  Orgs against 8-2
SB-208 Stroebel Companion to AB-172 Public hearing EEE 4/8/21.  Amendment 1 Amendment 2Exec 4/13/21 WEC must post minutes of meetings within 24 hours.  Amendment 1 LWV in favor
SB-209 Darling Companion to AB-177 Introduced and referred to EEE 3/16/21 Absentee ballot drop box must be at clerks office.
SB-210 Darling Companion to AB-170 Public hearing EEE 4/8/21.  Amenment 1.  Exec 4/13/21 For all phases of election, observer area must be within 3 feet.  7-2 orgs against.  Clerks' Ass. in favor.  Amendment 1 changes bill so that within 3 feet only applies to recounts.
SB-211 Darling Companion to AB-178 Public Hearing 4/15/21 Detailed specs for application for absentee ballot
SB-212 Darling Companion to AB-198 Introduced and referred to EEE 3/16/21 Makes it harder to cure defective absentee ballots.
SB-213 Stroebel Companion to AB-194 Public hearing EEE 4/8/21.  Amendment1 Amendment 2Exec 4/13/21 Easier to commence legal action against election official; allows some choice of venue.  4 orgs against.
SB-214 Stafsholt Public Hearing 4/15/21 For municipalities using central count, authorizes beginning canvassing absentee ballots on the day before an election.  Deadline to fill absentee requests on file would be 21 days before the election, except for military, which would be 45 days.  Neglect by election officials would be a felony.  Changes dates for nomination papers for independent candidates for president.
SB-240 Larson Companion to AB-150 Introduced and referred to Gov Ops 3/24/21 Requires ranked choice voting for all offices
SB-250 Kooyenga Companion to AB-244 Introduced and referred to EEE 3/25/21 Top 5 primary and IRV for Congress
SB-268 Bernier Introduced and referred to EEE 3/31/21 Recount workers must get paid same as pollworkers
SB-292 Wimberger Introduced and referred to EEE 4/8/21 If a municipality broadcasts canvassing proceedings, the municipality shall record and store it.
     
Assembly Bills
AB-21 Sortwell Companion to SB-21 Introduced and referred to C&E 1/29/21 State would pay for special elections for state office.  Similar to 2019 SB-71, which passed Assembly committee and entire Senate unanimously.
AB-35 Tauchen Companion to SB-61 Introduced and referred to C&E 2/10/21 Allocate presidential electors by congressional district
AB-51 Ramthun Companion to SB-52 Public Hearing 4/14/21 Requires public notice of noncandicay for incumbents
AB-68 Evers Companion to SB-111 Introduced and referred to JCF and Tax exemptions committee  2/16/21 Exec budget, includes 12 election changes page 193;  Redistricting page 397
AB-94 James Companion to SB-102 Public Hearing 4/14/21 Allow home schoolers to be pollworkers
AB-150 Spreitzer Companion to SB-240 Introduced and referred to C&E 2/18/21 Requires ranked choice voting for all offices
AB-170 Tittle Companion to SB-210 Public Hearing 4/14/21 For all phases of election, observer area must be within 3 feet.
AB-172 Neylon Companion to SB-208 Public Hearing 4/14/21 WEC must post minutes of meetings within 24 hours
AB-173 Neylon Companion to SB-207 Public Hearing 4/14/21 Amendment 1 Restricts donations for election administration;  employees of political groups cannot be pollworkers.
AB-177 Steffen Companion to SB-209 Introduced and referred to C&E 3/23/21 Absentee ballot drop box must be at clerks office.
AB-178 Steffen Companion to SB-211 Introduced and referred to C&E 3/23/21 Detailed specs for application for absentee ballot
AB-179 Duchow Companion to SB-205 Introduced and referred to C&E 3/23/21 Retirement home voting: relative must get notice of voting times.  Felony for home employees to help.
AB-180 Duchow Companion to SB-206 Introduced and referred to C&E 3/23/21 Makes it harder for indefinitely confined to get absentee ballot.
AB-192 August Companion to SB-203 Introduced and referred to C&E 3/23/21 Restricts who and how an absentee ballot can be returned.  Violators commit a felony.
AB-194 Brooks Companion to SB-213 Committee on Judiciary hearing 4/15/21.  Amendment 1 Easier to commence legal action against election official; allows some choice of venue.
AB-198 Sanfelippo Companion to SB-212 Public Hearing 4/14/21 Makes it harder to cure defective absentee ballots.
AB-201 Gundrum Companion to SB-204 Introduced and referred to C&E 3/25/21 Harder to apply for absentee ballot; ends permanent list; ends most exceptions to ID law; no unsolicited mailng of applications for absentee ballot. WEC must store pdf of all online registrations.
AB-244 Kurtz Companion to SB-250 Introduced and referred to C&E 4/6/21 Top 5 primary and IRV for Congress
AB-246 Hebl Introduced and referred to C&E 4/8/21 National Popular Vote
     
Resolutions and Rules
SJR-8 Bernier Companion to AJR-9 Public Hearing 3/24/21 by Gov Ops.  OK'd by committee 3-2, 4/8/21, available for scheduling Constitutional convention includes term limits for Congress.  Amendment 1.
SJR-12 Stroebel Companion to AJR-16 Public Hearing 3/24/21 by Gov Ops.  OK'd by committee 3-2, 4/8/21, available for scheduling Constitutional convention to establish term limits for Congress
     
AR-3       Allen Introduced and adopted 1/4/21 Claims multiple election law violations. Adopted with no debate Wis Eye at the 1:25:20 mark.  Dems did not attend.
AJR-9 Knodl Companion to SJR-8 Hearing 3/3/21.  Exec 3/10/21 Constitutional convention includes term limits for Congress
AR-15 Sanfelippo Assembly sub amendment  2 Passed 58-35 by Assembly 3/23/21 Directs C&E to investigate administration of elections
AJR-16 Ramthun Companion to SJR-12 Public Hearing 4/20//21 Constitutional convention to establish term limits for Congress
     

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