Proposals look to shake up elections

Two proposals being circulated in the Wisconsin Legislature could have an impact on how future elections are held. Republican Reps. Duey Stroebel and Alberta Darling are proposing major changes to the absentee voting system that saw record use in 2020 but has also been targeted with claims of fraud. The proposals would require a photo ID with every absentee ballot application, limit the use of people claiming to be indefinitely confined, and ban municipalities from accepting grants for running an election. The bills are being championed as a way to restore confidence in the election process while creating uniformity and transparency. Jay Heck from Common Cause Wisconsin says the package of bills is just making it harder for people to vote.

A bipartisan group of Wisconsin state lawmakers also introduced a ranked-choice voting format for U.S. Senate and Congressional elections. The process would eliminate partisan primaries and instead allow the best performing five candidates to advance to the general election. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, the candidate who garners more than 50 percent of the vote would win. If no one reaches that mark, the last-place candidate would be eliminated and anyone who voted for that person would have their second choice counted. The process does have the support of U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher.




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