The Wisconsin State Assembly has passed a bill that calls for allowing Wisconsin electors to register to vote online. Assembly Bill 225 passed the lower chamber on a voice vote Wednesday. It now heads to the State Senate. Online registrants would need to input their name, date of birth and state identification card or driver’s license number into a secure web site run by the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board. The GAB would then work with the Department of Transportation to obtain the “e-signature” from that license or state ID to use in place of an elector signing the necessary registration form. Under current law, voters can register by mail or in person but not online.
“If people are entering this information themselves and we’re just importing that into the statewide, voter registration system, it appears this might be a time saver for us,” said La Crosse County Clerk Ginny Dankmeyer.
Dankmeyer pointed out the proposal could shorten lines at the polls.
Current law allows voters to register at their respective polling places on election day. The bill approved Wednesday did not make any alterations to that procedure.
“The more people that we get to register before election day, the shorter the lines at the polls will be for people coming to register,” Dankmeyer said.