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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

 1:29 PM 

Voter registration bill passes Senate

The final election-related bill on the Senate agenda today, SB 267, passed 18-15.

The bill requires that poll workers record the types of identification used to verify voters’ addresses during registration.

Sen. Mark Miller, D-Monona, said the additional requirements imposed on clerks invite “partisan gamesmanship.”

“By requiring more and more specificity, the chances are there will be errors made that have nothing to do with the legitimacy of voters,” Miller said.

Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton, added that the measure creates “a real privacy issue” by making account numbers on bank statements available during a recount.

“If you let this go as is, your constituents are going to be pretty upset,” Erpenbach said.

Sen. Mary Lazich, R-New Berlin, countered that the legislation would “secure that privacy information” by keeping it off the poll list.

“In the event of an accusation of fraud, there is a paper trail, there is documentation that law enforcement can follow,” Lazich said of the bill.


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