Spotlight: Bill demands cleaning up voter rolls

Wisconsin Spotlight | Jan. 16, 2023

By M.D. Kittle

MADISON — A bill released last week for co-sponsorship aims to remove ineligible voters from the state’s official voter registration list in a more timely fashion, a key election integrity concern that has dogged Wisconsin’s voter rolls for years.

The legislation, authored by state Rep. Ty Bodden (R-59th Assembly District) and Sen. Andre Jacque (R-1st Senate District), would require the Wisconsin Elections Commission to clean up the WisVote database. Currently, the database includes both eligible and ineligible voters. The bill requires permanent documentations of WEC’s actions, including the date and reason for removing a voter to establish a chain of custody that can be followed.

“Consistent with current law, an individual who is removed from the registration list and subsequently becomes eligible to register to vote in Wisconsin may reregister as provided by law,” the sponsorship memo states.  

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