2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
SENATE AMENDMENT 15,
TO ASSEMBLY BILL 56
June 26, 2019 - Offered by Senator
At the locations indicated, amend the bill
, as shown by assembly substitute 2
amendment 1, as follows:
5.056 of the statutes is amended to read:
55.056 Matching program with secretary of transportation.
commission administrator shall enter into the agreement with the secretary of 7
transportation specified under s. 85.61 (1) to match personally identifiable 8
information on the official registration list maintained by the commission under s. 9
6.36 (1) and the information specified in s.
ss. 6.256 (2) and
6.34 (2m) with personally 10
identifiable information maintained by the department of transportation. Subject
11to s. 343.14 (2p) (b), the agreement shall provide for the electronic transfer of
12information under s. 6.256 (2) to the commission on a continuous basis, no less often
6.256 of the statutes is created to read:
26.256 Commission shall facilitate registration of electors. (1)
Except as 3
provided for electors specified in sub. (7) and as otherwise expressly provided, the 4
commission shall use all feasible means to facilitate the registration of all eligible 5
electors of this state who are subject to a registration requirement and the 6
maintenance of the registration of all eligible electors for so long as they remain 7
Subject to s. 343.14 (2p) (b), for the purpose of carrying out its functions 9
under sub. (1), the commission shall obtain the following information from the 10
department of transportation, to the extent that the department has the 11
(a) The full name of each individual who holds a current operator's license 13
issued to the individual under ch. 343 or a current identification card issued to the 14
individual under s. 343.50, together with the following information pertaining to 15
1. The current address of the individual together with any address history and 17
any name history maintained by the department of transportation.
2. The date of birth of the individual.
3. The number of the license or identification card issued to the individual.
4. A copy of the document that the applicant provided as proof of citizenship 21
and a statement from the department of transportation indicating that the 22
department verified the applicant's citizenship. For purposes of this subdivision, the 23
applicant shall provide a document that meets the requirements under 42 USC
(b) For each item of information specified in this subsection, the most recent 2
date that the item of information was provided or obtained by the department of 3
The commission shall compare the information obtained under sub. (2) with 5
the information in the registration list under s. 6.36 (1) (a). If the commission finds 6
discrepancies between the information obtained under sub. (2) regarding an elector 7
and the information in the registration list under s. 6.36 (1) (a) regarding that same 8
elector, the commission shall contact the elector by mail or telephone or in person to 9
resolve the discrepancies. If the commission is able to resolve the discrepancies after 10
contacting the elector, the commission shall update the information on the 11
registration list. If the commission is unable to contact the elector, the commission 12
shall resolve any discrepancies in favor of the information in the registration list.
Except as provided in this subsection and sub. (7), if the commission 14
concludes that an individual appears eligible to vote in this state but is not 15
registered, and the commission has obtained from reliable sources all the 16
information required under s. 6.33 (1) to complete the individual's registration, the 17
commission shall enter the individual's name on the registration list. If the 18
commission has not obtained from reliable sources all the information pertaining to 19
an individual that is required under s. 6.33 (1), the commission shall attempt to 20
obtain from reliable sources the necessary information under s. 6.33 (1) that is 21
required to complete the individual's registration. If a municipality has changed the 22
status of an elector from eligible to ineligible under s. 6.50 (1) and the elector's 23
eligibility, name, or residence has not changed, the commission may not change the 24
individual's name to eligible status unless the commission first verifies that the 25
individual is eligible and wishes to change his or her status to eligible.
The commission shall attempt to contact individuals described in sub. (4) 2
if necessary to obtain all the information specified in s. 6.33 (1) pertaining to the 3
individual that is required to complete the individual's registration.
If the commission is able to obtain all the required information specified in 5
s. 6.33 (1) pertaining to an individual, the commission shall enter the name of the 6
individual on the registration list maintained under s. 6.36 (1) (a).
Any individual may file a request with the commission to exclude his or her 8
name from the registration list. Any individual whose name is added to the 9
registration list by the commission may file a request with the commission or a 10
municipal clerk to have his or her name deleted from the list. A request for exclusion 11
or deletion shall be filed in the manner prescribed by the commission. An individual 12
who files an exclusion or deletion request under this subsection may revoke his or 13
her request by the same means that an individual may request an exclusion or 14
deletion. The commission shall ensure that the name of any individual who has filed 15
an exclusion or deletion request under this subsection is excluded from the 16
registration list or, if the individual's name appears on the list, is removed from the 17
registration list and is not added to the list at any subsequent time unless the 18
individual files a revocation of his or her request under this subsection.
If the commission removes from the registration list the name of an elector 20
who does not request that his or her name be deleted, other than to correct an entry 21
that the commission positively determines to be a duplication or to change the name 22
of an individual who is verified to be deceased to ineligible status, the commission 23
shall mail the individual a notice of the removal or change in status by 1st class 24
postcard at the individual's last-known address. The notice shall provide that the
individual may apply to have his or her status changed to eligible if he or she is a 2
The commission shall attempt to facilitate the initial registration of all 4
eligible electors, except as otherwise provided in this section, as soon as practicable.
The commission shall maintain the confidentiality of all information 6
obtained from the department of transportation under sub. (2) and may use this 7
information only for the purpose of carrying out its functions under sub. (1) and s. 8
6.34 (2m) and in accordance with the agreement under s. 85.61 (1).
6.29 (2) (e) of the statutes is created to read:
(e) The municipal clerk or clerk's agent shall promptly add the names 11
of qualified electors who register and vote under this section to the registration list. 12
The clerk or clerk's agent shall add the names of qualified electors who vote at their 13
polling places in the manner prescribed in s. 6.33 (5) (a).
6.33 (2) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
(a) All information may be recorded by any person, except that the clerk 16
shall record the ward and aldermanic district, if any, other geographic information 17
under sub. (1), the indication of whether the registration is received by mail, and the 18
type of identifying document submitted by the elector as proof of residence under s. 19
6.34 or the indication of verification of information in lieu of proof of residence under
20s. 6.34 (2m)
. Except as provided in s. 6.30 (5), each elector shall sign his or her own 21
name unless the elector is unable to sign his or her name due to physical disability. 22
In such case, the elector may authorize another elector to sign the form on his or her 23
behalf. If the elector so authorizes, the elector signing the form shall attest to a 24
statement that the application is made upon request and by authorization of a named 25
elector who is unable to sign the form due to physical disability.
6.35 (3) of the statutes is amended to read:
6.35 (3) Original Except for electronic registrations, original
registration forms 3
shall be maintained in the office of the municipal clerk or board of election 4
commissioners at all times. The commission shall maintain electronic registration
5forms and make such forms available for inspection by the municipal clerk, the
6clerk's designated agent, or the board of election commissioners.
6.86 (3) (c) of the statutes is amended to read:
(c) An application under par. (a) 1. may be made and a registration form 9
under par. (a) 2. may be filed in person at the office of the municipal clerk not earlier 10
than 7 days before an election and not later than 5 p.m. on the day of the election. 11
A list of hospitalized electors applying for ballots under par. (a) 1. shall be made by 12
the municipal clerk and used to check that the electors vote only once, and by 13
absentee ballot. If Except as provided in s. 6.34 (2m), if
the elector is registering for 14
the election after the close of registration or if the elector registered by mail or by
and has not voted in an election in this state, the municipal 16
clerk shall inform the agent that proof of residence under s. 6.34 is required and the 17
elector shall enclose proof of residence under s. 6.34 in the envelope with the ballot. 18
The clerk shall verify that the name on any required proof of identification presented 19
by the agent conforms to the name on the elector's application. The clerk shall then 20
enter his or her initials on the carrier envelope indicating that the agent presented 21
proof of identification to the clerk. The agent is not required to enter a signature on 22
the registration list. The ballot shall be sealed by the elector and returned to the 23
municipal clerk either by mail or by personal delivery of the agent; but if the ballot 24
is returned on the day of the election, the agent shall make personal delivery to the 25
polling place serving the hospitalized elector's residence before the closing hour or,
in municipalities where absentee ballots are canvassed under s. 7.52, to the 2
municipal clerk no later than 8 p.m. on election day.”.
85.61 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
The secretary of transportation and the administrator of the elections 6
commission shall enter into an agreement to match personally identifiable 7
information on the official registration list maintained by the commission under s. 8
6.36 (1) and the information specified in s.
ss. 6.256 (2) and
6.34 (2m) with personally 9
identifiable information in the operating record file database under ch. 343 and 10
vehicle registration records under ch. 341 to the extent required to enable the 11
secretary of transportation and the administrator of the elections commission to 12
verify the accuracy of the information provided for the purpose of voter registration. 13Notwithstanding ss. 110.09 (2), 342.06 (1) (eg), and 343.14 (2j), but subject to s.
14343.14 (2p) (b), the agreement shall provide for the transfer of electronic information
15under s. 6.256 (2) to the commission on a continuous basis, no less often than
343.14 (2p) of the statutes is created to read:
(a) The forms for application for a license or identification card or 20
for renewal thereof shall inform the applicant of the department's duty to make 21
available to the elections commission the information described in s. 6.256 (2) for the 22
purposes specified in s. 6.256 (1) and (3) and shall provide the applicant an 23
opportunity to elect not to have this information made available for these purposes.
(b) If the applicant elects not to have the information described in s. 6.256 (2) 2
made available for the purposes specified in s. 6.256 (1) and (3), the department shall 3
not make this information available for these purposes. This paragraph does not 4
preclude the department from making available to the elections commission 5
information for the purposes specified in s. 6.34 (2m) or for any purpose other than 6
those specified in s. 6.256 (1) and (3).”.
“(5t) Initial sharing of registration information.
Notwithstanding ss. 85.61 9
(1), 110.09 (2), 342.06 (1) (eg), and 343.14 (2j), the department of transportation shall 10
enter into and begin transferring information under a revised agreement with the 11
elections commission administrator pursuant to s. 85.61 (1) no later than the first 12
day of the 4th month beginning after the effective date of this subsection.
(5u) Report on voter registration information integration.
No later than 14
July 1, 2020, the elections commission shall report to the appropriate standing 15
committees of the legislature, in the manner specified in s. 13.172 (3), concerning its 16
progress in initially implementing a system to ensure the complete and continuous 17
registration of all eligible electors in this state, specifically including the operability 18
and utility of information integration with the department of transportation and the 19
feasibility and desirability of integrating public information maintained by other 20
state agencies and by technical colleges with the commission's registration 21
information to enhance the completeness and accuracy of the information. At a 22
minimum, the report shall contain an assessment of the feasibility and desirability 23
of the integration of registration information with information maintained by the 24
departments of health services, children and families, workforce development,
revenue, safety and professional services, and natural resources; the University of 2
Wisconsin System; and the technical college system board, as well as the technical 3
colleges within each technical college district.”.