2013 - 2014 LEGISLATURE
November 1, 2013 - Offered by Elections and Urban Affairs, by request of Senator
SB20-SSA1,1,2 1An Act to amend 7.30 (2) (a) and 7.30 (2) (b) of the statutes; relating to:
2residency of election officials.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
SB20-SSA1,1 3Section 1. 7.30 (2) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
SB20-SSA1,2,234 7.30 (2) (a) Only election officials appointed under this section or s. 6.875 may
5conduct an election. Except as otherwise provided in this paragraph and in ss. 7.15
6(1) (k) and 7.52 (1) (b), each election official shall be a qualified elector of the ward
7or wards, or the election district, for which the polling place is established. A special
8registration deputy who is appointed under s. 6.55 (6) or an election official who is
9appointed under this section to fill a vacancy under par. (b) need not be a resident
10of the ward or wards, or the election district, but shall be a resident of the
11municipality, except that if. If an insufficient number of qualified candidates for

1election officials is available to serve in a ward or election district, one or more
2election officials appointed under this section to serve in that ward or election district
3may be a qualified elector of a county in which the municipality where the official
4serves is located. If
a municipal clerk or deputy clerk serves as a registration deputy
5or is appointed to fill a vacancy under par. (b), the clerk or deputy clerk need not be
6a resident of the municipality, but shall be a resident of the state. No more than 2
7individuals holding the office of clerk or deputy clerk may serve without regard to
8municipal residency in any municipality at any election. Special registration
9deputies who are appointed under s. 6.55 (6) may be appointed to serve more than
10one polling place. All officials appointed under this section shall be able to read and
11write the English language, be capable, and be of good understanding, and may not
12be a candidate for any office to be voted for at an election at which they serve. In 1st
13class cities, they may hold no public office other than notary public. Except as
14authorized under subs. (1) (b) and (4) (c), all inspectors shall be affiliated with one
15of the 2 recognized political parties which received the largest number of votes for
16president, or governor in nonpresidential general election years, in the ward or
17combination of wards served by the polling place at the last election. Excluding the
18inspector who may be appointed under sub. (1) (b), the party which received the
19largest number of votes is entitled to one more inspector than the party receiving the
20next largest number of votes at each polling place. Election officials appointed under
21this section may serve the electors of more than one ward where wards are combined
22under s. 5.15 (6) (b). If a municipality is not divided into wards, the ward
23requirements in this paragraph apply to the municipality at large.
SB20-SSA1,2 24Section 2. 7.30 (2) (b) of the statutes is amended to read:
17.30 (2) (b) When a vacancy occurs in an office under this section, the vacancy
2shall be filled by appointment of the municipal clerk. Unless the vacancy occurs in
3the position of an inspector appointed under sub. (1) (b), the vacancy shall be filled
4from the remaining names on the lists submitted under sub. (4) or from additional
5names submitted by the chairperson of the county party committee of the
6appropriate party under sub. (4) whenever names are submitted under sub. (4) (d).
7If the vacancy is due to candidacy, sickness or any other temporary cause, the
8appointment shall be a temporary appointment and effective only for the election at
9which the temporary vacancy occurs. The same qualifications that applied to
10original appointees shall be required of persons who fill vacancies except that a
11vacancy may be filled in cases of emergency or because of time limitations by a person
12who resides in another aldermanic district or ward within the municipality, and
13a municipal clerk or deputy clerk fills the vacancy, the clerk or deputy, but not more
14than a total of 2 individuals in any municipality, may serve without regard to the
15clerk's or deputy's municipality of residence, if the clerk or deputy meets the other