The state Senate has given final approval to a bill that makes several changes to state election laws, including allowing online voter registration in Wisconsin.
The Senate concurred with an amendment made in the Assembly, sending it to the governor’s desk. The Government Accountability Board has said the governor is expected to sign it as early as Wednesday, and state Senator Julie Lassa (D-Stevens Point) worries the rapid enactment could cause problems during the April 5th election. “Municipal clerks need more predictability, and so do voters,” she argued.
Republican state Senator Devin LeMahieu (R-Ootsburg) noted only portions of the law will take effect before the election though, such as a provision allowing veterans ID cards to be used for voting. Other aspects, such as the elimination of special deputies to help register voters, will be rolled out over time.
The Senate previously approved the bill, but it was amended in the Assembly to make adjustments to certain campaign contribution limits. The Senate concurred with that amendment during Tuesday’s floor session.