2011 - 2012 LEGISLATURE
January 19, 2012 - Introduced by Representatives Thiesfeldt, Strachota,
Bernier, Jacque, Kestell, Nygren, Weininger, Stroebel, Marklein and
LeMahieu, cosponsored by Senators Lazich, Grothman and Olsen. Referred
to Committee on Election and Campaign Reform.
1An Act to repeal
6.28 (2); and to amend
6.28 (1) and 17.29 of the statutes; 2relating to: voter registration at high schools and certain tribal schools.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Currently, public high schools are used for the registration of students and staff
who are qualified electors. The municipal clerk or board of election commissioners
of each municipality where a public high school is located must agree with the school
board of the school district operating that school upon the appointment of at least one
person to serve as a special registration deputy for the purpose of registering
students and staff at that school. In addition, the principal of any private high school
or of any tribal school that operates high school grades may request the municipal
clerk or board of election commissioners of the municipality where the school is
located to establish registration dates or to appoint a special registration deputy for
the purpose of registering students at that school. The clerk or board must establish
registration dates or appoint a special registration deputy if the clerk or board
determines that the high school or tribal school has a substantial number of students
residing in the municipality.
This bill deletes the requirement and procedures for registration of students
and staff at public high schools and the requirement and procedures for registration
of students at private schools and tribal schools that operate high school grades if the
schools have a substantial number of students residing in a particular municipality.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB481, s. 1
6.28 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
6.28 (1) Registration locations; deadline.
Except as authorized in ss. 6.29, 3
6.55 (2), and 6.86 (3) (a) 2., registration in person for any election shall close at 5 p.m. 4
on the 3rd Wednesday preceding the election. Registrations made by mail under s. 5
6.30 (4) must be delivered to the office of the municipal clerk or postmarked no later 6
than the 3rd Wednesday preceding the election. All applications for registration 7
corrections and additions may be made throughout the year at the office of the city 8
board of election commissioners, at the office of the municipal clerk, at the office of 9
the county clerk, or at other locations provided by the board of election 10
commissioners or the common council in cities over 500,000 population or by either 11
or both the municipal clerk, or the common council, village or town board in all other 12
municipalities and may also be made during the school year at any high school by
13qualified persons under sub. (2) (a)
. Other registration locations may include but are 14
not limited to fire houses, police stations, public libraries, institutions of higher 15
education, supermarkets, community centers, plants and factories, banks, savings 16
and loan associations and savings banks. Special registration deputies shall be 17
appointed for each location unless the location can be sufficiently staffed by the board 18
of election commissioners or the municipal clerk or his or her deputies. An elector 19
who wishes to obtain a confidential listing under s. 6.47 (2) shall register at the office 20
of the municipal clerk of the municipality where the elector resides.
AB481, s. 2
6.28 (2) of the statutes is repealed.
AB481, s. 3
17.29 of the statutes is amended to read:
2317.29 Effect of chapter.
The provisions of this chapter supersede all contrary 24
provisions in either the general law or in special acts, except ss. 6.26 (2) (b), 6.28 (2)
6.55 (6), 6.875, and 7.30 relating to appointed election officials and ch. 321
relating to the military staff of the governor and to officers of the Wisconsin national 2
guard or state defense force; and shall govern all offices whether created by general 3
law or special act, unless otherwise specially provided.