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5. Currently, an elector who is a military elector, as defined by state law, or an
overseas elector, as defined by state law, and who applies for an absentee ballot no
later than 30 days before an election may cast a blank write-in ballot at that election
in lieu of the official printed ballot, for any candidates for federal office whose offices
are contested at that election. The ballot is valid only if it is submitted from a location
outside the United States. This substitute amendment permits such an elector to
cast a blank write-in absentee ballot after official printed ballots become available
if he or she applies for an absentee ballot no later than the latest time permitted for
application for an absentee ballot under state law. The substitute amendment also
permits a military elector to cast such a ballot even if the ballot is submitted from
a location inside the United States, including the elector's permanent residence.
6. Currently, a military or overseas elector, as defined in state law, may cast a
blank write-in absentee ballot under state law. In the case of military electors, the
ballot may be used to vote for any candidate for state or local office. In the case of
overseas electors, the ballot may only be used to vote for candidates for national
office. This substitute amendment discontinues the state write-in absentee ballot for
both groups of electors.
7. Currently, with certain exceptions, a military elector who requests an
absentee ballot receives absentee ballots automatically for all elections unless the
elector fails to return any absentee ballot during the entire period encompassed by
two successive general elections. Under this substitute amendment, with certain
exceptions, a military elector who requests an absentee ballot receives absentee
ballots automatically for all elections held in the same calendar year in which the
request is made.
8. Currently, GAB must prescribe uniform instructions for absentee voters.
This substitute amendment provides that the instructions must include the specific
means of electronic communication that absentee voters may use to file an

application for an absentee ballot, to request a voter registration form, or to change
their registrations.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB161-ASA1, s. 1 1Section 1. 5.02 (18) of the statutes is renumbered 5.02 (12s) and amended to
2read:
AB161-ASA1,5,63 5.02 (12s) "September Partisan primary" means the primary held on the 2nd
4Tuesday in September August to nominate candidates to be voted for at the general
5election, and to determine which candidates for state offices other than district
6attorney may participate in the Wisconsin election campaign fund.
AB161-ASA1, s. 2 7Section 2. 5.05 (13) (title) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB161-ASA1,5,88 5.05 (13) (title) Toll-free election information exchange and requests.
AB161-ASA1, s. 3 9Section 3. 5.05 (13) (c) and (d) of the statutes are created to read:
AB161-ASA1,5,1310 5.05 (13) (c) The board shall maintain a freely accessible system under which
11a military elector, as defined in s. 6.34 (1) (a), or an overseas elector, as defined in s.
126.34 (1) (b), who casts an absentee ballot may ascertain whether the ballot has been
13received by the appropriate municipal clerk.
AB161-ASA1,5,1514 (d) The board shall designate and maintain at least one freely accessible means
15of electronic communication which shall be used for the following purposes:
AB161-ASA1,5,1916 1. To permit a military elector, as defined in s. 6.34 (1) (a), or an overseas elector,
17as defined in s. 6.34 (1) (b), to request a voter registration application or an
18application for an absentee ballot at any election at which the elector is qualified to
19vote in this state.
AB161-ASA1,6,3
12. To permit a military elector or an overseas elector under subd. 1. to designate
2whether the elector wishes to receive the applications under subd. 1. electronically
3or by mail.
AB161-ASA1,6,74 3. To permit a municipal clerk to transmit to a military elector or an overseas
5elector under subd. 1. a registration application or absentee ballot application
6electronically or by mail, as directed by the elector under subd. 2., together with
7related voting, balloting, and election information.
AB161-ASA1, s. 4 8Section 4. 5.15 (6) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB161-ASA1,6,259 5.15 (6) (b) No later than 60 days before each September primary and general
10election, and no later than
30 days before each other election, the governing body of
11any municipality may by resolution combine 2 or more wards for voting purposes to
12facilitate using a common polling place. Whenever wards are so combined, the
13original ward numbers shall continue to be utilized for all official purposes. Except
14as otherwise authorized under this paragraph, every municipality having a
15population of 35,000 or more shall maintain separate returns for each ward so
16combined. In municipalities having a population of less than 35,000, the governing
17body may provide in the resolution that returns shall be maintained only for each
18group of combined wards at any election. Whenever a governing body provides for
19common ballot boxes and ballots or voting machines, separate returns shall be
20maintained for each separate ballot required under ss. 5.62 and 5.64 at the
21September partisan primary and general election. The municipal clerk shall
22transmit a copy of the resolution to the county clerk of each county in which the
23municipality is contained. In municipalities having a population of less than 35,000,
24the resolution shall remain in effect for each election until modified or rescinded, or
25until a new division is made under this section.
AB161-ASA1, s. 5
1Section 5. 5.25 (3) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB161-ASA1,7,42 5.25 (3) Polling places shall be established for each September primary and
3general election at least 60 days before the election, and for each other
election at
4least 30 days before the election.
AB161-ASA1, s. 6 5Section 6. 5.37 (4) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB161-ASA1,7,146 5.37 (4) Voting machines may be used at primary elections when they comply
7with subs. (1) and (2) and the following provisions: All candidates' names entitled to
8appear on the ballots at the primary shall appear on the machine; the elector cannot
9vote for candidates of more than one party, whenever the restriction applies, and an
10elector who votes for candidates of any party may not vote for independent
11candidates at the September partisan primary; the elector may secretly select the
12party for which he or she wishes to vote, or the independent candidates in the case
13of the September partisan primary; the elector may vote for as many candidates for
14each office as he or she is lawfully entitled to vote for, but no more.
AB161-ASA1, s. 7 15Section 7. 5.62 (title) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB161-ASA1,7,16 165.62 (title) September Partisan primary ballots.
AB161-ASA1, s. 8 17Section 8. 5.62 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB161-ASA1,8,1318 5.62 (1) (a) At September primaries the partisan primary, the following ballot
19shall be provided for the nomination of candidates of recognized political parties for
20national, state and county offices and independent candidates for state office in each
21ward, in the same form as prescribed by the board under s. 7.08 (1) (a), except as
22authorized in s. 5.655. The ballots shall be made up of the several party tickets with
23each party entitled to participate in the primary under par. (b) or sub. (2) having its
24own ballot, except as authorized in s. 5.655. The independent candidates for state
25office other than district attorney shall have a separate ballot for all such candidates

1as under s. 5.64 (1) (e), except as authorized in s. 5.655. The ballots shall be secured
2together at the bottom. The party ballot of the party receiving the most votes for
3president or governor at the last general election shall be on top with the other
4parties arranged in descending order based on their vote for president or governor
5at the last general election. The ballots of parties qualifying under sub. (2) shall be
6placed after the parties qualifying under par. (b), in the same order in which the
7parties filed petitions with the board. Any ballot required under par. (b) 2. shall be
8placed next in order. The ballot listing the independent candidates shall be placed
9at the bottom. At polling places where voting machines are used, each party and the
10independent candidates shall be represented in one or more separate columns or
11rows on the ballot. At polling places where an electronic voting system is used other
12than an electronic voting machine, each party and the independent candidates may
13be represented in separate columns or rows on the ballot.
AB161-ASA1,9,314 (b) 1. Except as provided in subd. 2. and s. 5.64 (1) (e) 2., every recognized
15political party listed on the official ballot at the last gubernatorial election whose
16candidate for any statewide office received at least 1% of the total votes cast for that
17office and, if the last general election was also a presidential election, every
18recognized political party listed on the ballot at that election whose candidate for
19president received at least 1% of the total vote cast for that office shall have a
20separate primary ballot or one or more separate columns or rows on the primary
21ballot as prescribed in par. (a) and a separate column on the general election ballot
22in every ward and election district. An organization which was listed as
23"independent" at the last general election and whose candidate meets the same
24qualification shall receive the same ballot status upon petition of the chairperson
25and secretary of the organization to the board requesting such status and specifying

1their party name, which may not duplicate the name of an existing party. A petition
2under this subdivision may be filed no later than 5 p.m. on June May 1 in the year
3of each general election.
AB161-ASA1,9,174 2. Subdivision 1. applies to a party within any assembly district or county at
5any September partisan primary election only if at least one candidate of the party
6for any national, state or county office qualifies to have his or her name appear on
7the ballot under the name of that party within that assembly district or county. The
8county clerk or county board of election commissioners shall provide a combined
9separate ballot or one or more separate columns or rows on the ballot that will permit
10an elector to cast a vote for a write-in candidate for the nomination of any such party
11for each national, state and county office whenever that party qualifies to be
12represented on a separate primary ballot or in one or more separate columns or rows
13under subd. 1. but does not qualify under this subdivision. The ballot shall include
14the name of each party qualifying for a separate ballot or one or more separate
15columns or rows on the ballot under each office, with the names of the candidates for
16each such party appearing in the same order in which the ballots of the parties would
17appear under par. (a).
AB161-ASA1, s. 9 18Section 9. 5.62 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB161-ASA1,9,2519 5.62 (2) (a) Except as provided in par. (b) and s. 5.64 (1) (e) 2., any political
20organization may be represented on a separate primary ballot or in one or more
21separate columns or rows on the primary ballot as prescribed in sub. (1) (a) and in
22a separate column on the general election ballot in every ward and election district.
23To qualify for a separate ballot under this paragraph, the political organization shall,
24not later than 5 p.m. on June May 1 in the year of the September partisan primary,
25file with the board a petition requesting separate ballot status. The petition shall

1be signed by at least 10,000 electors, including at least 1,000 electors residing in each
2of at least 3 separate congressional districts. The petition shall conform to the
3requirements of s. 8.40. No signature obtained before January 1 in the year of filing
4is valid. When the candidates of a political organization filing a valid petition fulfill
5the requirements prescribed by law, they shall appear on a separate ballot or one or
6more separate columns or rows on the ballot for the period ending with the following
7general election.
AB161-ASA1,10,218 (b) Paragraph (a) applies to a party within any assembly district or county at
9any September partisan primary election only if at least one candidate of the party
10for any national, state or county office qualifies to have his or her name appear on
11the ballot under the name of that party within that assembly district or county. The
12county clerk or county board of election commissioners shall provide a combined
13separate ballot or one or more separate columns or rows on the ballot that will permit
14an elector to cast a vote for a write-in candidate for the nomination of any such party
15for each national, state and county office whenever that party qualifies to be
16represented on a separate primary ballot or in one or more separate columns or rows
17under par. (a) but does not qualify under this paragraph. The ballot shall include the
18name of each party qualifying for a separate ballot or one or more separate columns
19or rows on the ballot under each office, with the names of the candidates for each such
20party appearing in the same order in which the ballots of the parties would appear
21under sub. (1) (a).
AB161-ASA1, s. 10 22Section 10. 5.62 (3) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB161-ASA1,11,723 5.62 (3) The board shall designate the official primary ballot arrangement for
24statewide offices and district attorney within each prosecutorial district by using the
25same procedure as provided in s. 5.60 (1) (b). On each ballot and on each separate

1column or row on the ballot, the candidates for office shall be listed together with the
2offices which they seek in the following order whenever these offices appear on the
3September partisan primary ballot: governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general,
4secretary of state, state treasurer, U.S. senator, U.S. representative in congress,
5state senator, representative to the assembly, district attorney and the county offices.
6Below the names of the independent candidates shall appear the party or principle
7of the candidates, if any, in 5 words or less, as shown on their nomination papers.
AB161-ASA1, s. 11 8Section 11. 5.62 (5) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB161-ASA1,11,169 5.62 (5) At the September partisan primary, an elector may vote for the
10candidates of only one party, or the elector may vote for any of the independent
11candidates for state office listed; but the elector may not vote for more than one
12candidate for a single office. A space shall be provided on the ballot for an elector to
13write in the name of his or her choice as a party candidate for any office, including
14a party candidate of a party whose name appears on the ballot, column or row
15designated for independent candidates, as provided in sub. (1) (b) or (2) (b), but no
16space shall be provided to write in the names of independent candidates.
AB161-ASA1, s. 12 17Section 12. 6.22 (2) (e) of the statutes is created to read:
AB161-ASA1,11,2418 6.22 (2) (e) A military elector may file an application for an absentee ballot by
19means of electronic mail or facsimile transmission in the manner prescribed in s. 6.86
20(1) (ac). Upon receipt of a valid application, the municipal clerk shall send the elector
21an absentee ballot or, if the elector is a military elector, as defined in s. 6.34 (1) (a),
22and the elector so requests, shall transmit an absentee ballot to the elector by means
23of electronic mail or facsimile transmission in the manner prescribed in s. 6.87 (3)
24(d).
AB161-ASA1, s. 13 25Section 13. 6.22 (4) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB161-ASA1,12,9
16.22 (4) (a) A request for an absentee ballot by an individual who qualifies as
2a military elector shall be treated as a request for an absentee ballot for all elections.

3Upon receiving a timely request for an absentee ballot under par. (b) by an individual
4who qualifies as a military elector, the municipal clerk shall send or, if the individual
5is a military elector as defined in s. 6.34 (1) (a), shall
transmit to the elector upon the
6elector's request
an absentee ballot for all elections that occur in the municipality or
7portion thereof where the elector resides beginning on the date that the clerk receives
8the request
in the same calendar year in which the request is received, unless the
9individual otherwise requests
.
AB161-ASA1, s. 14 10Section 14. 6.22 (4) (c) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB161-ASA1,12,1611 6.22 (4) (c) A military elector may indicate an alternate address on his or her
12absentee ballot application. If the elector's ballot is returned as undeliverable prior
13to the deadline for return of absentee ballots under s. 6.87 (6), and the elector remains
14eligible to receive absentee ballots under this section, the municipal clerk shall
15immediately send or, if the elector is a military elector as defined in s. 6.34 (1) (a),
16transmit an absentee ballot to the elector at the alternate address.
AB161-ASA1, s. 15 17Section 15. 6.22 (4) (e) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB161-ASA1,13,318 6.22 (4) (e) Whenever the material is mailed, the material shall be prepared
19and mailed to make use of the federal free postage laws. If the material does not
20qualify for mailing without postage under federal free postage laws, the municipal
21clerk shall pay the postage required for mailing to the military elector. If the return
22envelope qualifies for mailing free of postage under federal free postage laws, the
23clerk shall affix the appropriate legend required by U.S. postal regulations.
24Otherwise the municipal clerk shall pay the postage required for return when the
25ballot is mailed from within the United States. If the ballot is not mailed by the

1military elector from within the United States the military elector shall provide
2return postage. The mailing list established under this subsection shall be kept
3current in the same manner as provided in s. 6.86 (2) (b).
AB161-ASA1, s. 16 4Section 16. 6.22 (4) (f) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB161-ASA1,13,185 6.22 (4) (f) If there occur 2 successive general elections at which a military
6elector fails to return an absentee ballot sent or transmitted to the elector under par.
7(a) and the elector has not cast an absentee ballot at any intervening election, if
the
8municipal clerk is reliably informed that the elector an individual who requests an
9absentee ballot under this section
is no longer a military elector or no longer resides
10in the municipality, or if the elector so requests, the clerk shall discontinue sending
11or transmitting absentee ballots to the elector under this subsection. If a military
12elector who has requested an absentee ballot changes his or her residence from the
13municipality where a request is filed to another municipality in this state, the
14municipal clerk of the municipality who received the request shall notify the clerk
15of the municipality to which the elector's residence is changed of the date of the
16request or the latest renewal under par. (g) and the date of the most recent absentee
17ballot received by the clerk
. The municipal clerk who is so notified shall treat the
18request as having been made to him or her.
AB161-ASA1, s. 17 19Section 17. 6.22 (4) (g) of the statutes is repealed.
AB161-ASA1, s. 18 20Section 18. 6.22 (5) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB161-ASA1,14,221 6.22 (5) Voting procedure. Except as provided in s. 6.221 7.515 and as
22authorized in s. 6.25, the ballot shall be marked and returned, deposited and
23recorded in the same manner as other absentee ballots. In addition, the certification
24under s. 6.87 (2) shall have a statement of the elector's birth date. Failure to return

1any unused ballots in a primary election does not invalidate the ballot on which the
2elector casts his or her votes.
AB161-ASA1, s. 19 3Section 19. 6.22 (6) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB161-ASA1,14,154 6.22 (6) Military elector list. Each municipal clerk shall keep an up-to-date
5list of all eligible military electors who reside in the municipality ; city clerks shall
6keep the lists by wards
in the format prescribed by the board. The list shall contain
7the name, latest-known military residence and military mailing address of each
8military elector. The list shall indicate whether each elector whose name appears on
9the list is a military elector, as defined in s. 6.36 (2) (c) 6.34 (1), and has so certified
10under s. 6.865 (3m). All persons over 18 years of age or who will be 18 years old prior
11to an election shall be listed and remain on the list for the duration of their tour of
12duty. The list shall be kept current through all possible means. Each clerk shall
13exercise reasonable care to avoid duplication of names or listing anyone who is not
14eligible to vote. Each clerk shall distribute 2 copies of one copy of the list to the
15appropriate ward each polling place in the municipality for use on election day.
AB161-ASA1, s. 20 16Section 20. 6.221 (title) of the statutes is renumbered 7.515 (title) and
17amended to read:
AB161-ASA1,14,20 187.515 (title) Counting of certain absentee ballots for certain military
19electors; September primary and general election
received after election
20day
.
AB161-ASA1, s. 21 21Section 21. 6.221 (1) of the statutes is repealed.
AB161-ASA1, s. 22 22Section 22. 6.221 (2) of the statutes is renumbered 7.515 (2) and amended to
23read:
AB161-ASA1,15,324 7.515 (2) Each certificate envelope that is mailed or transmitted to a military
25an absentee elector and each certificate envelope that is transmitted to a military or

1overseas elector under s. 6.87 (3) (d)
under this section shall be clearly labeled as
2"Cast by a military an absentee elector under s. 6.221 7.515, Wis. Stats., and may
3be eligible to be counted after election day."
AB161-ASA1, s. 23 4Section 23. 6.221 (3) (a) of the statutes is renumbered 7.515 (3) and amended
5to read:
AB161-ASA1,15,106 7.515 (3) At the September primary, a A ballot that is cast under s. 6.22 by an
7absentee elector who is a military elector, that is received by mail from the U. S.
8postal service, and that is postmarked no later than election day shall be counted as
9provided in this section if it is received by a municipal clerk no later than 5 4 p.m.
10on the 7th day Friday after the election.
AB161-ASA1, s. 24 11Section 24. 6.221 (3) (b) of the statutes is repealed.
AB161-ASA1, s. 25 12Section 25. 6.221 (4) of the statutes is renumbered 7.515 (4).
AB161-ASA1, s. 26 13Section 26. 6.221 (5) of the statutes is renumbered 7.515 (5) and amended to
14read:
AB161-ASA1,15,2315 7.515 (5) No later than the closing hour of the polls on the day of the September
16primary and the day of the general
each election, the municipal clerk of each
17municipality shall post at his or her office and on the Internet at a site announced
18by the clerk before the polls open, and shall make available to any person upon
19request, a statement of the number of absentee ballots that the clerk has mailed or
20transmitted to military absentee electors under this section and that have not been
21returned to the polling places where the electors reside by the closing hour on election
22day. The posting shall not include the names or addresses of any military absentee
23electors.
AB161-ASA1, s. 27 24Section 27. 6.221 (6) of the statutes is renumbered 7.515 (6) and amended to
25read:
AB161-ASA1,16,8
17.515 (6) (a) Whenever the municipal clerk of any municipality receives an
2absentee ballot cast by an absentee elector who is a military elector under this section
3and the ballot is not received in sufficient time for delivery to the polling place serving
4the residence of the elector on election day but is received within the time specified
5in sub. (3), the clerk shall promptly provide written notice to the board of canvassers
6of each municipality, special purpose district, and county that is responsible for
7canvassing the election of the number of such ballots that have been cast received
8by the clerk in each ward or election district.
AB161-ASA1,16,199 (b) Whenever a board of canvassers receives notification from a municipal clerk
10under par. (a), the board of canvassers shall reconvene no later than 9 a.m. on the
11day after the last day permitted for acceptance of absentee ballots under sub. (3) and
12shall proceed to open and record the names of the military absentee electors whose
13ballots have been received. If the ballot cast by a military an absentee elector is
14otherwise valid, the board of canvassers shall count the ballot and adjust the
15statements, certifications, and determinations accordingly. If the municipal clerk
16transmits returns of the election to the county clerk, the municipal clerk shall
17transmit to the county clerk a copy of the amended returns together with all
18additional ballots and envelopes reviewed by the board of canvassers and with
19amended tally sheets.
AB161-ASA1, s. 28 20Section 28. 6.24 (1) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB161-ASA1,17,221 6.24 (1) Definition. In this section, except as otherwise provided, "overseas
22elector" means a U.S. citizen who is not disqualified from voting under s. 6.03, who
23has attained or will attain the age of 18 by the date of an election at which the citizen
24proposes to vote and who does not qualify as a resident of this state under s. 6.10, but
25who was last domiciled in this state or whose parent was last domiciled in this state

1immediately prior to the parent's departure from the United States, and who is not
2registered to vote or voting in any other state, territory or possession.
AB161-ASA1, s. 29 3Section 29. 6.24 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB161-ASA1,17,94 6.24 (2) Eligibility. An overseas elector under sub. (1) may vote in any election
5for national office, including the September partisan primary and presidential
6preference primary and any special primary or election. Such elector may not vote
7in an election for state or local office. An overseas elector shall vote in the ward or
8election district in which the elector was last domiciled or in which the elector's
9parent was last domiciled prior to departure from the United States.
AB161-ASA1, s. 30 10Section 30. 6.24 (4) (c) of the statutes, as affected by 2011 Wisconsin Act 23,
11is amended to read:
AB161-ASA1,18,212 6.24 (4) (c) Upon receipt of a timely application from an individual who
13qualifies as an overseas elector and who has registered to vote in a municipality
14under sub. (3), the municipal clerk of the municipality shall send or transmit, or if
15the individual is an overseas elector, as defined in s. 6.34 (1) (b), shall transmit
an
16absentee ballot to the individual upon the individual's request for all subsequent
17elections for national office to be held during the year in which the ballot is requested,
18except as otherwise provided in this paragraph, unless the individual otherwise
19requests or until the individual no longer qualifies as an overseas elector. of the
20municipality. The clerk shall not send an absentee ballot for an election if the
21overseas elector's name appeared on the registration list in eligible status for a
22previous election following the date of the application but no longer appears on the
23list in eligible status. The municipal clerk shall ensure that the envelope containing
24the absentee ballot is clearly marked as not forwardable. If an overseas elector who

1files an application under this subsection no longer resides at the same address that
2is indicated on the application form, the elector shall so notify the municipal clerk.
AB161-ASA1, s. 31 3Section 31. 6.24 (4) (e) of the statutes is created to read:
AB161-ASA1,18,104 6.24 (4) (e) An overseas elector may file an application for an absentee ballot
5by means of electronic mail or facsimile transmission in the manner prescribed in s.
66.86 (1) (ac). Upon receipt of a valid application, the municipal clerk shall send the
7elector an absentee ballot or, if the elector is an overseas elector, as defined in s. 6.34
8(1) (b) and the elector so requests, shall transmit an absentee ballot to the elector by
9means of electronic mail or facsimile transmission in the manner prescribed in s. 6.87
10(3) (d).
AB161-ASA1, s. 32 11Section 32. 6.25 (1) of the statutes is renumbered 6.25 (1) (a) and amended to
12read:
AB161-ASA1,18,2213 6.25 (1) (a) Any individual who qualifies as a military elector under s. 6.22 (1)
14(b) or an overseas elector under s. 6.24 (1) and who transmits an application for an
15official absentee ballot for a general election any election, including a primary
16election,
no later than 30 days before election day the latest time specified for the
17elector in s. 6.86 (1) (b)
may, in lieu of the official ballot, cast a federal write-in
18absentee ballot prescribed under 42 USC 1973ff-2 for any candidate for an office
19listed on the official ballot
or for all of the candidates of any recognized political party
20for national office the offices listed on the official ballot at the general that election
21if the federal write-in absentee ballot is received by the appropriate municipal clerk
22no later than the applicable time prescribed in s. 6.221 (3) or 6.87 (6).
AB161-ASA1, s. 33 23Section 33. 6.25 (1) (b) of the statutes is created to read:
AB161-ASA1,19,724 6.25 (1) (b) Any individual who qualifies as an overseas elector under s. 6.24
25(1) and who transmits an application for an official absentee ballot for an election for

1national office, including a primary election, no later than the latest time specified
2for an elector in s. 6.86 (1) (b) may, in lieu of the official ballot, cast a federal write-in
3absentee ballot prescribed under 42 USC 1973ff-2 for any candidate or for all
4candidates of any recognized political party for national office listed on the official
5ballot at that election, if the federal write-in absentee ballot is received by the
6appropriate municipal clerk no later than the applicable time prescribed in s. 6.221
7(3) or 6.87 (6).
AB161-ASA1, s. 34 8Section 34. 6.25 (1) (c) of the statutes is created to read:
AB161-ASA1,19,119 6.25 (1) (c) A completed and signed federal write-in absentee ballot submitted
10by a qualified elector under par. (a) serves as an application for an absentee ballot
11and need not be accompanied by a separate application.
AB161-ASA1, s. 35 12Section 35. 6.25 (2) of the statutes is repealed.
AB161-ASA1, s. 36 13Section 36. 6.25 (3) of the statutes is repealed.
AB161-ASA1, s. 37 14Section 37. 6.25 (4) (intro.), (a) and (b) of the statutes are consolidated,
15renumbered 6.25 (4) and amended to read:
AB161-ASA1,19,2016 6.25 (4) A write-in absentee ballot issued under sub. (1), (2) or (3) is valid only
17if all of the following apply: (a) The ballot is submitted from a location outside the
18United States. (b) The
the elector submitting the ballot does not submit an official
19ballot within the time prescribed in s. 6.87 (6) and, if the elector is an overseas elector,
20the elector resides outside the United States
.
AB161-ASA1, s. 38 21Section 38. 6.36 (1) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB161-ASA1,20,1222 6.36 (1) (a) The board shall compile and maintain electronically an official
23registration list. The list shall contain the name and address of each registered
24elector in the state, the date of birth of the elector, the ward and aldermanic district
25of the elector, if any, and, for each elector, a unique registration identification number

1assigned by the board, the number of a valid operator's license issued to the elector
2under ch. 343, if any, or the last 4 digits of the elector's social security account
3number, if any, any identification serial number issued to the elector under s. 6.47
4(3), the date of any election in which the elector votes, an indication of whether the
5elector is a military elector, as defined in sub. (2) (c) who has so certified under s.
66.865 (3m),
an indication of whether the elector is an overseas elector, as defined in
7s. 6.24 (1), any information relating to the elector that appears on the current list
8transmitted to the board by the department of corrections under s. 301.03 (20m), an
9indication of any accommodation required under s. 5.25 (4) (a) to permit voting by
10the elector, an indication of the method by which the elector's registration form was
11received, and such other information as may be determined by the board to facilitate
12administration of elector registration requirements.
AB161-ASA1, s. 39 13Section 39. 6.50 (8) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB161-ASA1,21,614 6.50 (8) Any municipal governing body may direct the municipal clerk or board
15of election commissioners to arrange with the U.S. postal service pursuant to
16applicable federal regulations, to receive change of address information with respect
17to individuals residing within the municipality for revision of the elector registration
18list. If required by the U.S. postal service, the governing body may create a
19registration commission consisting of the municipal clerk or executive director of the
20board of election commissioners and 2 other electors of the municipality appointed
21by the clerk or executive director for the purpose of making application for address
22changes and processing the information received. The municipal clerk or executive
23director shall act as chairperson of the commission. Any authorization under this
24subsection shall be for a definite period or until the municipal governing body
25otherwise determines. The procedure shall apply uniformly to the entire

1municipality whenever used. The procedure shall provide for receipt of complete
2change of address information on an automatic basis, or not less often than once
3every 2 years during the 60 days preceding the close of registration for the September
4partisan primary. If a municipality adopts the procedure for obtaining address
5corrections under this subsection, it need not comply with the procedure for mailing
6address verification cards under subs. (1) and (2).
AB161-ASA1, s. 40 7Section 40. 6.86 (1) (a) (intro.) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB161-ASA1,21,118 6.86 (1) (a) (intro.) Any elector of a municipality who is registered to vote
9whenever required and who qualifies under ss. 6.20 and 6.85 as an absent elector
10may make written application to the municipal clerk of that municipality for an
11official ballot by one of the following methods:
AB161-ASA1, s. 41 12Section 41. 6.86 (1) (a) 3. of the statutes is amended to read:
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