2013 - 2014 LEGISLATURE
August 21, 2013 - Introduced by Senators Lazich, Vukmir and Darling,
cosponsored by Representatives Bernier, Knodl, T. Larson and Sanfelippo.
Referred to Elections and Urban Affairs.
SB264,1,2 1An Act to amend 7.51 (3) (a) of the statutes; relating to: securing the ballot
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, election inspectors take all ballots counted by them and
secure the ballots together so that they cannot be separated or tampered with
without breaking a seal. The inspectors then put the secured ballots into a ballot
container and secure the container so that it cannot be opened without breaking a
seal or lock or without destroying the container. Under this bill, only the chief
inspector and one other inspector whose party affiliation is different than the chief
inspector's party affiliation may secure the ballot container.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
SB264,1 3Section 1. 7.51 (3) (a) of the statutes is amended to read:
SB264,2,94 7.51 (3) (a) The inspectors shall place together all ballots counted by them
5which relate to any national, state or county office or any state, county or technical
6college district referendum and secure them together so that they cannot be untied
7or tampered with without breaking the seal. The secured ballots together with any

1ballots marked "Defective" shall then be secured by the inspectors chief inspector,
2and, if available, one other inspector whose party affiliation is different than the
3chief inspector's party affiliation,
in the ballot container in such a manner that the
4container cannot be opened without breaking the seals or locks, or destroying the
5container. The inspectors shall place the ballots cast under s. 6.97 in a separate,
6securely sealed carrier envelope which is clearly marked "Section 6.97 ballots". The
7chief inspector and 2 other inspectors shall sign the carrier envelope. The carrier
8envelope shall not be placed in the ballot container. The inspectors shall then deliver
9the ballots to the municipal clerk in the ballot container and carrier envelope.
SB264,2,1010 (End)