Also this week, the Senate Committee on Elections, Election Process Reform, and Ethics held a public hearing on my bill with Representative David Steffen of Green Bay to make the absentee voting process is the same for everyone in the state.
In Wisconsin, voters have multiple ways to vote early. A voter can vote absentee by mail, or voters can request and vote absentee in person. While both options are called “absentee” by the Wisconsin Election Commission, the agency allowed a different process for each.
Current law states a voter who wishes to vote absentee may make a written application to their clerk or municipality requesting a ballot. This resulted in a non-uniform process throughout our state. There was confusion on what form, if any, they needed to fill out and what information is recommended.
While current law also does not prescribe a specific form of written application for requesting an absentee ballot, the Wisconsin Elections Commission created form EL-122 as their official absentee ballot application certificate.
Senate Bill 211 clarifies the process and intent of our voting laws to require a separate and distinct application form that contains the information currently asked for in the form EL-122. This simple change will mean our elections will be consistent and equal for everyone no matter where they live.