2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
June 6, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives C. Taylor, Kessler, Zamarripa,
Fields, Young, Hesselbein, Sinicki, Berceau, Sargent, Goyke, Spreitzer,
Brostoff, Zepnick, Pope, Crowley, Ohnstad, Considine and Wachs,
cosponsored by Senators Ringhand, Larson, Vinehout and L. Taylor.
Referred to Committee on Campaigns and Elections.
1An Act to repeal
6.50 (1), 6.50 (2), 6.50 (2g) and 6.50 (2r); and to amend
(8) of the statutes; relating to: review and modification of voter registration
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill eliminates the Elections Commission's responsibility to change the
registration status of electors who have not voted within the previous four years from
eligible to ineligible under certain circumstances. Under current law, the
commission must, after each general election, review the voter registration list
maintained by each municipality and mail a notice of suspension of registration and
application for continuation of registration to each elector who has not voted within
the previous four years. If the elector does not respond to the notice in a timely
manner, the commission must change the elector's registration status from eligible
to ineligible. This bill also eliminates the authority of the commission to delegate
these responsibilities to the municipal clerk or board of election commissioners of a
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
6.50 (1) of the statutes is repealed.
6.50 (2) of the statutes is repealed.
6.50 (2g) of the statutes is repealed.
6.50 (2r) of the statutes is repealed.
6.50 (8) of the statutes is amended to read:
Any municipal governing body may direct the municipal clerk or board 5
of election commissioners to arrange with the U.S. postal service pursuant to 6
applicable federal regulations, to receive change of address information with respect 7
to individuals residing within the municipality for revision of the elector registration 8
list. If required by the U.S. postal service, the governing body may create a 9
registration commission consisting of the municipal clerk or executive director of the 10
board of election commissioners and 2 other electors of the municipality appointed 11
by the clerk or executive director for the purpose of making application for address 12
changes and processing the information received. The municipal clerk or executive 13
director shall act as chairperson of the commission. Any authorization under this 14
subsection shall be for a definite period or until the municipal governing body 15
otherwise determines. The procedure shall apply uniformly to the entire 16
municipality whenever used. The procedure shall provide for receipt of complete 17
change of address information on an automatic basis, or not less often than once 18
every 2 years during the 60 days preceding the close of registration for the partisan 19
primary. If a municipality adopts the procedure for obtaining address corrections
20under this subsection, it need not comply with the procedure for mailing address
21verification cards under subs. (1) and (2).