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2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
February 21, 2017 - Introduced by Senators Bewley and Ringhand, cosponsored
by Representatives Subeck, E. Brooks, Ohnstad, Pope, Spreitzer, Sinicki, C.
Taylor
, Sargent, Berceau and Bowen. Referred to Committee on Elections
and Utilities.
SB66,1,3 1An Act to renumber 66.0501 (4); to amend 7.30 (2) (a) and 60.37 (4) (a); and to
2create
66.0501 (4) (b) of the statutes; relating to: allowing a local public
3official to serve as an election official.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill provides that an individual holding a local public office may be
appointed to serve as an election official without having to vacate the local public
office. Current law prohibits an individual from serving as an election official at an
election for which the individual is a candidate. The bill does not change that
prohibition.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
SB66,1 4Section 1. 7.30 (2) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
SB66,2,245 7.30 (2) (a) Only election officials appointed under this section or s. 6.875 may
6conduct an election. Except as otherwise provided in this paragraph and in ss. 7.15
7(1) (k) and 7.52 (1) (b), each election official shall be a qualified elector of a county in
8which the municipality where the official serves is located, and each chief inspector

1shall be a qualified elector of the municipality in which the chief inspector serves.
2If no qualified candidate for chief inspector is available or if the chief inspector is
3appointed to fill a vacancy under par. (b), the person so appointed need not be a
4qualified elector of the municipality. If a municipal clerk or deputy clerk is appointed
5to fill a vacancy under par. (b), the clerk or deputy clerk need not be a resident of the
6county, but shall be a resident of the state. No more than 2 individuals holding the
7office of clerk or deputy clerk may serve without regard to county residency in any
8municipality at any election. All officials appointed under this section shall be able
9to read and write the English language, be capable, and be of good understanding,
10and may not be a candidate for any office to be voted for at an election at which they
11serve. An individual holding a local public office, as defined in s. 19.42 (7w), may be
12appointed to serve as an election official under this section without having to vacate
13the local public office.
In 1st class cities, they may hold no public office other than
14notary public. Except as authorized under subs. (1) (b) and (4) (c), all inspectors shall
15be affiliated with one of the 2 recognized political parties which received the largest
16number of votes for president, or governor in nonpresidential general election years,
17in the ward or combination of wards served by the polling place at the last election.
18Excluding the inspector who may be appointed under sub. (1) (b), the party which
19received the largest number of votes is entitled to one more inspector than the party
20receiving the next largest number of votes at each polling place. Whenever 2 or more
21inspectors are required to perform a function within a polling place and both parties
22that are entitled to submit nominees have done so, the chief inspector shall assign,
23insofar as practicable, an equal number of inspectors from the nominees of each
24party.
SB66,2 25Section 2. 60.37 (4) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
SB66,3,12
160.37 (4) (a) An elected town officer, other than a town clerk, a town treasurer,
2or an officer serving in a combined office of town clerk and town treasurer, who also
3serves as a town employee may be paid an hourly wage for serving as a town
4employee, not exceeding a total of $5,000 each year. An elected town officer, who is
5a town clerk, a town treasurer, or an officer serving in a combined office of town clerk
6and town treasurer, who also serves as a town employee may be paid an hourly wage
7for serving as a town employee, not exceeding a total of $15,000 each year. Amounts
8that are paid under this paragraph may be paid in addition to any amount that an
9individual receives under s. 60.32 or as a volunteer fire fighter, emergency medical
10technician, or first responder under s. 66.0501 (4) (a). The $5,000 maximum in this
11paragraph includes amounts paid to a town board supervisor who is acting as
12superintendent of highways under s. 82.03 (1).
SB66,3 13Section 3. 66.0501 (4) of the statutes is renumbered 66.0501 (4) (a).
SB66,4 14Section 4. 66.0501 (4) (b) of the statutes is created to read:
SB66,3,1715 66.0501 (4) (b) It is compatible with his or her office for a local public official,
16as defined in s. 19.42 (7x), to serve as an election official appointed under s. 7.30 (2)
17(a) and be compensated for that service, as provided under s. 7.03.
SB66,3,1818 (End)
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