MADISON (WKOW) -- Sen. Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) authored and introduced eight new election reform bills this week, several of which would automatically discount certain ballots.
Under one bill, absentee ballots that don't include a valid witness signature would be disqualified. A separate bill specific to recounts would disqualify all ballots cast by people who did not also sign a poll list. Another would require local canvassing boards conducting a recount to hear any objections made to ballots cast by people registering on election day.
A number of the new bills also place more requirements on the Government Accountability Board. One would require the GAB and local clerks to include the type of identification a person used to register to vote on their voter lists. Another would double the number of nominees the GAB's candidate committee would have to submit to the Governor's office, when the Governor is selecting a new GAB member.
The last three bills would do the following: require the names of the voters be printed on duplicate ballots issued because the original ballot was damaged; only allow chief election inspectors and one other person, whose party affiliation is different than the chief inspector's, to secure ballot containers; and require that there are an equal amount of election inspectors from each party at the polls.
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