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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

 1:33 PM 

Senate signs off on Assembly changes to requirements for those who register

The Senate today signed off on an Assembly change to legislation that changes the requirements for what election officials have to record detailing the proof of residence voters provide when they register.

The Senate previously approved SB 267, which would require clerks to record specific information about the type of document submitted as proof of residence. That includes the name of the entity or institution that issued the document.

The Assembly tweaked the bill so if documents used as proof of residence include a number that applies only to that voter, the last four digits of the number would have to be recorded. If that number has six or fewer digits, only the last two digits would have to be recorded.

The amended version of the bill would also require everyone who registers to vote except a military or overseas elector to provide proof of residence. Under current law, those who have previously voted and register prior to the third Wednesday preceding an election do not have to show proof of residence to register.

Sen. Mary Lazich, R-New Berlin, said that provision sets a uniform standard for everyone who registers.

"It’s a good housekeeping bill that regardless of when one registers, the process is the same," she said.

Dems complained asking for those details was intrusive and would discourage some from voting.

"Frankly the legislation that is before us does not cast a net for allowing a larger sense of democracy," said Sen. Lena Taylor, D-Milwaukee. "But instead we’re pushing legislation that disenfranchises voters."

The change was approved 17-16 with Sen. Dale Schultz, R-Richland Center, joining Dems in opposition.


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