2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
February 20, 2020 - Introduced by Senators Larson,
Smith and Carpenter,
cosponsored by Representatives
Brostoff, Cabrera, Hebl, C. Taylor, Stubbs,
Anderson, Emerson, Bowen, Spreitzer, Zamarripa, Shankland, Neubauer
and Considine. Referred to Committee on Elections, Ethics and Rural Issues.
1An Act to create
6.271 of the statutes; relating to: special registration deputies.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires a municipal clerk or board of election commissioners to
appoint special registration deputies for the purpose of registering electors of the
municipality prior to the close of voter registration. The bill requires that special
registration deputies receive the same training as other election officials, not
including chief inspectors. Municipal clerks and boards of election commissioners
had the authority to appoint special registration deputies prior to the enactment of 2015 Wisconsin Act 261
, which eliminated that authority and allowed electors to
register to vote electronically.
For further information see the state and local fiscal estimate, which will be
printed as an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
6.271 of the statutes is created to read:
36.271 Special registration deputies. (1)
The municipal clerk or the board 4
of election commissioners of each municipality shall appoint special registration 5
deputies. In appointing the special registration deputies, and in administering
elector registration within the municipality, the municipal clerk or the board of 2
election commissioners shall follow the procedures described in sub. (2) and 3
prescribed under sub. (3).
(a) A qualified elector of the state may apply to any municipal clerk or board 5
of election commissioners to be appointed as a special registration deputy for the 6
purpose of registering electors of the municipality prior to the close of registration. 7
An applicant may be appointed by more than one municipal clerk or board of election 8
commissioners to serve more than one municipality.
(b) The municipal clerk or board of election commissioners may appoint any 10
applicant who qualifies under this subsection, unless the applicant's appointment 11
has been revoked by a municipality for cause. The municipal clerk or board of 12
election commissioners may revoke an appointment made by the clerk or board of 13
election commissioners for cause at any time.
(c) No individual may serve as a special registration deputy in a municipality 15
unless the individual is appointed by the municipal clerk or board of election 16
commissioners of the municipality and the individual completes training required 17
under s. 7.315.
(d) Each municipal clerk shall maintain a record of the names and addresses 19
of each individual who is appointed by the clerk to serve as a special registration 20
deputy under this section and who has complied with the training requirements 21
under s. 7.315
The commission shall, by rule, prescribe procedures for appointment of 23
special registration deputies, for revocation of appointments of special registration 24
deputies, and for training of special registration deputies by municipal clerks and 25
boards of election commissioners. The procedures shall be coordinated with training
programs for special registration deputies conducted by municipal clerks under s. 2
7.315 and shall be formulated to promote increased registration of electors consistent 3
with the needs of municipal clerks and boards of election commissioners to efficiently 4
administer the registration process.
Each special registration deputy under this section who obtains a 6
registration form from an elector shall print his or her name on and sign the form, 7
affirming that the deputy has accepted the form.