Poll lists; copying. 6.46(1)(1)
Poll lists shall be preserved by the municipal clerk until destruction or other disposition is authorized under s. 7.23
Poll lists shall be open to public inspection, except as provided in s. 6.47
. The municipal clerk shall furnish upon request to each candidate who has filed nomination papers for an office which represents at least part of the municipality one copy of the current poll list for those areas for which he or she is a candidate for a fee not to exceed the cost of reproduction. If a copying machine is not accessible, the clerk shall remove the lists from the office for the purposes of copying, and return them immediately thereafter. The clerk shall exclude information that is confidential under s. 6.47 (2)
from copies of the list, except as authorized under s. 6.47 (8)
History: 1975 c. 85
; 1999 a. 49
Confidentiality of information relating to victims of domestic abuse. 6.47(1)(a)1.
An individual who has been granted a protective order that is in effect.
An individual who files an affidavit with the municipal clerk of the municipality where the individual resides, on a form prescribed by the board, that is signed by a sheriff or the chief of a police department and directed to the municipal clerk, and that verifies that a person has been charged with or convicted of an offense relating to domestic abuse in which the individual was a victim and reasonably continues to be threatened by that person.
"Offense relating to domestic abuse" means an offense specified in s. 940.19
, 940.20 (1m)
"Protected individual" means an individual whose name and address is confidential under sub. (2)
"Protective order" means a temporary restraining order or an injunction issued under s. 813.12
"Shelter" means a place where at least 4 unrelated individuals reside that provides residential shelter to individuals whose personal security is or may be threatened by family members or other persons with whom the individuals have had contact.
Except as authorized in sub. (8)
, the municipal clerk shall withhold from public inspection under s. 19.35 (1)
the name and address of any eligible individual whose name appears on a poll list or registration list if the individual files a valid written request with the clerk to protect the individual's confidentiality. To be valid, a request under this subsection must be accompanied by a copy of a protective order that is in effect, an affidavit under sub. (1) (a) 2.
that is dated within 30 days of the date of the request or a statement signed by the operator or an authorized agent of the operator of a shelter that is dated within 30 days of the date of the request and that indicates that the operator operates the shelter and that the individual making the request resides in the shelter. A physically disabled individual who appears personally at the office of the municipal clerk accompanied by another elector of this state may designate that elector to make a request under this subsection on his or her behalf.
Upon listing of an elector under sub. (2)
, the municipal clerk shall issue to the elector a voting identification card on a form prescribed by the board that shall contain the name of the municipality issuing the card and in the case of a town, the county in which the town is located, the elector's name, the ward in which the elector resides, if any, and a unique identification serial number issued by the board. The number issued to an elector under this subsection shall not be changed for so long as the elector continues to qualify for a listing under sub. (2)
Except as provided in sub. (5)
, a confidential listing under sub. (2)
expires on the date that a protective order expires, the date that the protected individual ceases to reside in a shelter or at the end of the 24-month period that follows creation or renewal of the listing under sub. (2)
, whichever is earlier.
The municipal clerk shall cancel a confidential listing under sub. (2)
The clerk receives notification from a sheriff or chief of police under sub. (8)
The name of the protected individual is legally changed.
The protected individual changes his or her address without notifying the municipal clerk.
The municipal clerk finds that the protected individual provided false information to the clerk for the purpose of obtaining a confidential listing under sub. (2)
An individual whose confidential listing is canceled under par. (a)
may file a new request and qualify under sub. (2)
to obtain a renewal of the listing.
Upon expiration of a confidential listing on a registration list under sub. (2)
, the municipal clerk shall cancel the registration of the protected individual unless the individual files a new request and qualifies under sub. (2)
to obtain a renewal of the listing or unless the individual applies for and qualifies to obtain a nonconfidential voter registration. Except as authorized in sub. (8)
, the municipal clerk shall withhold from public inspection under s. 19.35 (1)
the name and address of any individual whose registration is canceled under this subsection if the individual qualified for a confidential listing at the time of that listing.
If the municipal clerk has notice that a confidential listing under sub. (2)
is scheduled to expire, the municipal clerk shall provide 30 days' notice to the protected individual of the scheduled expiration of the listing.
If notice to a protected individual is not provided under par. (a)
, the municipal clerk shall provide notice to the subject individual upon canceling a confidential listing under sub. (2)
The municipal clerk shall provide access to a name and address under sub. (2)
To a law enforcement officer for official purposes.
To a state or local governmental officer pursuant to a specific law that necessitates obtaining the name or address.
Pursuant to a court order citing a reason that access to the name or address should be provided.
At the request of a protected individual, for purposes of permitting that individual to sign a petition under s. 59.05 (2)
or a protest petition, consent or counter petition under s. 125.05
No person who obtains access to a name or address under sub. (8)
may disclose the name or address to any person other than a public employee for the same purpose for which the information was obtained.
If a sheriff or chief of a police department who signs an affidavit under sub. (1) (a) 2.
obtains information that the person who was charged with an offense relating to domestic abuse is no longer so charged or that the person's judgment of conviction has been vacated, and the charge or conviction was the sole basis for the affidavit, the sheriff or chief shall provide written notice of that information to the municipal clerk to whom the affidavit was directed.
History: 1999 a. 49
Challenging registration. 6.48(1)(a)(a)
Any registered elector of a municipality may challenge the registration of any other registered elector by submitting to the municipal clerk or executive director of the board of election commissioners in cities of more than 500,000 population an affidavit stating that the elector is not qualified to vote and the reasons therefor. The clerk or director, upon receipt of the affidavit, shall mail a notification of the challenge to the challenged elector, at his or her registered address.
The challenged and challenging electors shall appear before the municipal clerk within one week of notification or arrange under sub. (2)
to appear before the board of election commissioners. The challenging elector shall make an affidavit answering any questions necessary to determine the challenged elector's qualifications. Judgment rests with the municipal clerk and decisions shall be rendered as soon as heard. If the clerk cannot resolve the issue or has reservations as to the answers, the clerk may require the challenging elector to take the oath under s. 6.925
. If the challenged elector appears and contests any answer of the challenging elector, the clerk may require the challenged elector to take the oath under s. 6.94
and to answer any question necessary to determine the challenged elector's qualifications. If the challenging elector appears before the municipal clerk or board of election commissioners but the challenged elector fails to appear, such clerk or board may make the decision without consulting the challenged elector. If the municipal clerk or board of election commissioners does not sustain the challenge, the challenged elector's registration remains valid.
If the challenging elector fails to appear before the municipal clerk within one week or in cities of more than 500,000 population fails to appear before the board of election commissioners under sub. (2)
to answer questions and take the oath under s. 6.925
, such clerk or board shall cancel the challenge.
If the clerk determines that the challenged elector is not qualified, the clerk shall cancel the challenged elector's registration, make the necessary change in the registration list and notify the inspectors for the ward or election district where the elector was registered.
(2) Special procedure in populous cities. 6.48(2)(a)(a)
In cities of more than 500,000 population, objections may be made before the board of election commissioners which shall sit on the last Wednesday before each election from 9 a.m. to 12 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. to hear objections then made or deferred under sub. (1)
. If all the objections cannot then be determined, the commissioners shall sit during the same hours the next day.
Upon appearing in person, objectors shall be examined, under oath, by the commissioners and testimony taken. Judgment rests with the board of election commissioners and decisions shall be rendered as soon as heard. All cases are heard and decided summarily. The commissioners shall determine whether the person objected to is qualified. If they determine that a person is not qualified, the name shall be stricken from the registration list and the proper ward officials notified of the change immediately.
(3) Challenge based on incompetency. Section 6.03 (3)
applies to any challenge which is made to registration based on an allegation that an elector is incapable of understanding the objective of the elective process and thereby ineligible for registration.
The municipal clerk or board of election commissioners may not disqualify an elector under this section except upon the grounds and in accordance with the procedure specified in s. 6.325
Revision of registration list. 6.50(1)
Within 90 days following each general election, the municipal clerk or board of election commissioners of each municipality in which registration is required shall examine the registration records and identify each elector who has not voted within the previous 4 years if qualified to do so during that entire period and shall mail a notice to the elector in substantially the following form:
"NOTICE OF SUSPENSION OF
You are hereby notified that your voter registration will be canceled, according to state law, for failure to vote within the previous 4-year period, unless you apply for continuation of your registration within 30 days. You may continue your registration by signing the statement below and returning it to this office by mail or in person.
APPLICATION FOR CONTINUATION
I hereby certify that I still reside at the address at which I am registered and apply for continuation of registration.
Present Address ....
If you have moved within this municipality or changed your name, please contact this office to complete a change of name or address form.
[Office of clerk or board of election commissioners
The municipal clerk or board of election commissioners shall cancel the registration of all notified electors under sub. (1)
who have not applied for continuation of registration within 30 days of the date of mailing of the notice of suspension.
As an alternative to the procedure prescribed in subs. (1)
, the governing body of a municipality where registration is required may provide for revision of registration lists under this subsection.
Following each general election, the municipal clerk of the municipality shall revise and correct the registration list by reviewing the registration of any elector who failed to vote within the past 4 years if qualified to do so during that entire period. Each such elector shall be mailed an address verification card under par. (c)
. If an address verification card is returned by the postal service to the clerk, the registration of such elector shall be canceled. Otherwise, the registration shall be retained notwithstanding failure of the elector to vote at any election, except as provided in subs. (4)
Upon a 1st class postcard bearing the mailing legend, "Do not forward - return postage guaranteed", the voter address verification shall read substantially as follows:
"OFFICIAL VOTER ADDRESS VERIFICATION
The official voter registration list shows that you are registered to vote by the name and address appearing on the front of this card. If either the name or address appearing on the front of this card is incorrect, please contact this office in person or by mail. Improper registration may result in your being denied the right to vote.
[Office of clerk
Upon receipt of reliable information that a registered elector has changed his or her residence to a location outside of the municipality, the municipal clerk or board of election commissioners shall notify the elector by mailing a notice by 1st class mail to the elector's registration address stating the source of the information. All municipal departments and agencies receiving information that a registered elector has changed his or her residence shall notify the clerk or board of election commissioners. If the elector no longer resides in the municipality or fails to apply for continuation of registration within 30 days of the date the notice is mailed, the clerk or board of election commissioners shall cancel the elector's registration. Upon receipt of reliable information that a registered elector has changed his or her residence within the municipality, the municipal clerk or board of election commissioners shall transfer the elector's registration and mail the elector a notice of the transfer under s. 6.40 (2)
. This subsection does not restrict the right of an elector to challenge any registration under s. 6.325
The municipal clerk or board of election commissioners shall cancel the registration of deceased electors by means of checking vital statistics reports. No notice need be sent of registrations canceled under this subsection.
The registration of any elector whose address is listed at a building which has been condemned for human habitation by the municipality under s. 66.0413 (1) (j)
shall be investigated by the municipal clerk or board of election commissioners. If the clerk or board of election commissioners can find no reason why the registration of such an elector should not be stricken from the registration list, the elector's registration shall be canceled. If the elector has left a forwarding address with the U.S. postal service, a notice of cancellation shall be mailed by the clerk or board of election commissioners to the forwarding address.
The municipal clerk, upon authorization by an elector, shall cancel the elector's registration.
When an elector's registration is canceled, the municipal clerk shall make an entry upon the registration card, giving the date and cause of cancellation.
Any municipal governing body may direct the municipal clerk or board of election commissioners to arrange with the U.S. postal service pursuant to applicable federal regulations, to receive change of address information with respect to individuals residing within the municipality for revision of the elector registration list. If required by the U.S. postal service, the governing body may create a registration commission consisting of the municipal clerk or executive director of the board of election commissioners and 2 other electors of the municipality appointed by the clerk or executive director for the purpose of making application for address changes and processing the information received. The municipal clerk or executive director shall act as chairperson of the commission. Any authorization under this subsection shall be for a definite period or until the municipal governing body otherwise determines. The procedure shall apply uniformly to the entire municipality whenever used. The procedure shall provide for receipt of complete change of address information on an automatic basis, or not less often than once every 2 years during the 60 days preceding the close of registration for the September primary. If a municipality adopts the procedure for obtaining address corrections under this subsection, it need not comply with the procedure for mailing address verification cards under subs. (1)
Whenever a name is stricken from the registration list, the municipal clerk or board of election commissioners shall enter the reason for striking on the list next to the stricken name.
Any elector whose registration is canceled under this section may have his or her registration reinstated by filing a new registration form.
Failure to register; rights.
No name may be added to the registration list after the close of registration, but any person whose name is not on the registration list but who is otherwise a qualified elector is entitled to vote at the election upon compliance with s. 6.29
History: 1985 a. 304
Polling place registration; voting by certification. 6.55(2)(a)1.1.
Except where the procedure under par. (c)
is employed, any person who qualifies as an elector in the ward or election district where he or she desires to vote, but has not previously filed a registration form, or was registered at another location in a municipality where registration is required, may request permission to vote at the polling place for that ward or election district, or at an alternate polling place assigned under s. 5.25 (5) (b)
. When a proper request is made, the inspector shall require the person to execute a registration form prescribed by the board that shall contain the following certification:
"I, ...., hereby certify that to the best of my knowledge, I am a qualified elector, having resided at .... for at least 10 days immediately preceding this election, and that I am not disqualified on any ground from voting, and I have not voted, at this election."
If a change of address is made from outside the municipality, the elector shall file a cancellation under s. 6.40 (1) (b)
Upon executing the registration form under par. (a)
, the person shall be required by a special registration deputy or inspector to present acceptable proof of residence under sub. (7)
. If the person cannot supply such proof, the registration form shall be substantiated and signed by one other elector who resides in the same municipality as the registering elector, corroborating all the material statements therein. The corroborator shall then provide acceptable proof of residence. The signing by the elector executing the form and by any elector who corroborates the information in the form shall be in the presence of the special registration deputy or inspector. Upon compliance with this procedure, such person shall then be given the right to vote.