This week the Assembly passed six election reform bills, aimed at ensuring confidence in the democratic process in the wake of the 2020 election.

Liberal activist election officials in Madison, Milwaukee, Green Bay, and other liberal strongholds did everything in their power to put ballots in the hands of Democrats. They skirted the law and colluded with big tech to ensure the outcome they wanted.

Never again should the election be influenced by backroom dealings. We in the legislature have a duty to ensure no one can hack or steal our elections. Therefore, I am voting yes on these election integrity bills to ensure activist election officials cannot influence the election ever again.

Keep reading to see an overview of the six bills from Rep. Janel Brandtjen, chair of the Assembly Campaigns and Elections Committee.

AB 179- Prohibits employees of long-term care facilities from influencing a resident’s decision to vote or which candidate to vote for. It also requires administrators to notify the resident’s family of when Special Voting Deputies will be conducting in-person absentee voting at the facility.

AB 198- Prohibits clerks from fixing any errors on absentee ballots. If there is an incomplete certificate envelope, the clerk must mail the ballot back to the voter and post notification of the error on the voter’s MyVote page. It also includes penalties for election fraud committed by election officials. 

AB 201- Requires the Elections Commission to create a standard absentee ballot request form, requires municipalities to post updates on absentee ballots and requires voters to enclose a copy of their ID when applying for absentee ballots. It also addresses absentee ballots by indefinitely confined voters, automatic receipt of absentee ballots, and unsolicited mailings of absentee ballot applications and ballots.

AB 271- Any municipality that broadcasts their canvassing procedures must treat it as a public record by recording it and retaining it for 22 months.

SB 203- Prohibits ballot harvesting by limiting the collection event to only one site, staffed by members of the clerk’s office and can only occur during the 14-day early voting period. It limits a person to returning only two ballots on behalf of others, and allows voters to apply and return absentee ballots via for-profit delivery services such as UPS and FedEx.

SB 210- Provides election observers uniform access of 6 feet throughout all stages of the election process – Election Day, central count and recounts. Observers must wear a name badge but it may not advocate for candidates. Observers may not interfere with voters or hinder election officials.

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