2003 - 2004 LEGISLATURE
March 5, 2003 - Introduced by Representatives Freese, Bies, Vrakas, Hines, Stone,
Ott, Kestell, Kreibich and Pettis, cosponsored by Senators S. Fitzgerald
and Schultz. Referred to Committee on Campaigns and Elections.
1An Act relating to: recruitment, training, certification, and compensation of
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Currently, municipalities must pay reasonable compensation to election
officials, unless an election official chooses to volunteer his or her services.
Currently, effective September 1, 2004, no individual may serve as a chief
inspector (chief poll worker) at a polling place unless the individual is certified by the
Elections Board to hold that office on the date of the election at which the individual
serves. The board establishes requirements for certification, conducts regular
training, and administers examinations to individuals to determine whether they
meet the requirements. The board pays the cost of conducting the training and
administering the examinations. Officials and trainees are compensated by
municipalities for attendance at training sessions and examinations.
Current law also requires the Elections Board to conduct regular information
and training meetings at various locations in the state for county and municipal
clerks and other election officials. In addition, each municipal clerk must instruct
election officials in their duties. The governing body of any municipality may require
all persons serving as election officials in that municipality to prove their ability to
read and write English and to have a general knowledge of the election laws. A
municipality may also administer examinations to determine whether these
qualifications are met.
This bill directs the Elections Board to prepare recommendations with regard
to the compensation paid to election officials and establishment of a program for the
recruitment and training of election officials and the certification of officials for
whom certification of officials for whom certification is not currently required by law.
The board must submit the recommendations to the legislature for distribution to the
appropriate standing committees of both houses by the 90th day after the bill
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
(1) The elections board shall prepare recommendations with regard to the 3
compensation paid to election officials and establishment of a program for the 4
recruitment and training of election officials, and the certification of officials for 5
whom certification is not currently required by law. No later than the 90th day 6
beginning after the effective date of this subsection, the elections board shall submit 7
the recommendations to the chief clerk of each house of the legislature for 8
distribution to the appropriate standing committees of the legislature in the manner 9
provided under section 13.172 (3) of the statutes.