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Election law changes head to Governor's desk

Common Cause Wisconsin Executive Director Jay Heck does not believe a series of election reform bills passed earlier this week by the Wisconsin Legislature will be signed into law.


The bills address a number of issues that came to light during the 2020 election, including officials filling out missing information, ballot collection events, and non-family members returning absentee ballots. It follows the lead of other states like Georgia, Iowa, Texas, Florida, and Arizona that have also passed a number of election reform bills in the wake of last fall’s election.


Heck says the difference is those other states are completely controlled by Republicans while Wisconsin has to contend with Democrats in the top posts.

Proponents of the bills say it will ensure election integrity for years to come while opponents suggest the new rules would suppress voters that largely vote Democratic.


Heck says one of the next major showdowns between the legislature and the governor’s office is in regards to the drawing of the state’s voting maps later this fall. Both sides have indicated they will not accept the plans drawn up by the other, which Heck believes will throw the final decision into the hands of the courts.

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