Wisconsin Senate Passes Election Bills

By: AP
By: AP

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Senate has passed a set of Republican bills tweaking state election rules in the wake of a contentious recall election last year.

The measures would specify that only a chief election inspector and an inspector from a different political party than the chief can secure ballot containers; require an equal number of Republican and Democratic inspectors to perform poll functions; and require anyone authorized to receive a voter's registration to record the type of identification the voter provides as proof of residency.

The bills stem from a 2012 recall election pitting incumbent Republican Sen. Van Wanggaard against Democrat John Lehman. Wanggaard lost his seat but complained the election was marred by irregularities.

The Senate passed all three bills on Tuesday. The proposals go next to the state Assembly.

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