2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
ASSEMBLY AMENDMENT 3,
TO ASSEMBLY BILL 1038
April 14, 2020 - Offered by Representatives Hintz,
Hesselbein, Spreitzer, Doyle,
B. Meyers, Zamarripa, Milroy, Cabrera, Subeck, C. Taylor, Vining, Goyke,
Billings, Fields, Riemer, Sargent, Pope, Ohnstad, Considine, Anderson,
Hebl, Kolste, Vruwink, Emerson, Stubbs, Crowley, Stuck, Bowen,
Neubauer and Sinicki.
5.41 of the statutes is created to read:
55.41 Voter identification requirements for 2020.
Notwithstanding ss. 6.15 6
(2) (bm) and (3), 6.18, 6.79 (2) (a) and (d), (3) (b), and (8), 6.82 (1) (a), 6.86 (1) (ar) and 7
(3) (a) 1. and (c), 6.869, 6.87 (1) and (2), 6.875 (6) (c) 1., 6.97, and 10.02 (3) (a), an 8
elector is not required to provide proof of identification in order to vote at any election 9
held in 2020.
6.58 of the statutes is created to read:
116.58 Registration in 2020.
For elections in 2020, registration in person for 12
an election closes at 5 p.m. on the 5th day preceding the election, registrations made 13
by mail under s. 6.30 (4) must be delivered to the office of the municipal clerk no later
than the 5th day preceding the election, and electronic registration under s. 6.30 (5) 2
for an election closes at 5 p.m. on the 5th day preceding the election. All parts of an 3
electronic registration may be completed electronically.
6.895 of the statutes is created to read:
56.895 Voting by absentee ballot in 2020. (1)
Notwithstanding any 6
provision to the contrary, every election held in 2020 shall be conducted by mail using 7
absentee ballots. The clerk shall send or transmit an official absentee ballot to each 8
registered elector of the municipality no later than the deadline provided under s. 9
7.15 (1) (cm) and within one business day for each new registrant under s. 6.58. In 10
order to be counted, an absentee ballot mailed under this section shall be postmarked 11
no later than the day of the election and returned no later than 5 p.m. on the Tuesday 12
following the election. A witness signature is not required for any absentee ballot 13
used for an election in 2020.
Notwithstanding ss. 5.25 and 6.78 (1m), no polling location shall be open 15
for in-person voting for elections held in 2020 except as provided in this subsection. 16
Each municipality shall provide no less than 8 hours of in-person voting on each 17
election day in 2020, during the times determined by the elections commission, for 18
the purpose of allowing qualified electors who, by reason of disability or difficulty 19
reading, writing, or understanding English, are unable to cast an absentee ballot by 20
mail. Election inspectors shall allow disabled electors to cast in-person ballots using 21
assistive technology and provide assistance to those voters who cannot read or write 22
or have difficulty reading, writing, or understanding English. Inspectors shall also 23
allow such electors to register during that time. The municipal clerk or board of 24
election commissioners shall post notice of the hours and locations for voting as
provided under this paragraph at least 48 hours before the first time that such voting 2
The elections commission shall issue guidelines for municipal clerks, 4
boards of election commissioners, and other election officials to adhere to in order to 5
implement the scheduling, process, and procedures set forth in subs. (1) and (2). 6
Notwithstanding ss. 227.01 (3m) and (13), 227.10, and 227.112, guidelines issued 7
under this paragraph need not be promulgated as rules under ch. 227, are not 8
guidance documents, and are not subject to the requirements of s. 227.112.”.
20.510 (1) (am) of the statutes is created to read:
(am) Voting by absentee ballot during an emergency.
A sum sufficient 12
for additional postage and printing costs incurred to conduct an election by mail 13
under s. 6.895.”.
(1) Extending electronic registration and public information campaign.
the schedule under s. 20.005 (3) for the appropriation to the elections commission 18
under s. 20.510 (1) (a), the dollar amount for fiscal year 2019-20 is increased by 19
$1,000,000 to cover the costs associated with updating the voter registration system 20
as a result of extending registration and the dollar amount for fiscal year 2020-21 21
is increased by $3,000,000 for a public information campaign to promote the 22
vote-by-mail system in 2020.”.