In a final marathon of voting, the Senate adjourned Tuesday by sending Gov. Scott Walker a bill to allow people to register to vote online and by blocking a proposal to make it easier for parents to get a drug to treat child seizures. … On a voice vote, senators signed off on SB 295, which would let people register to vote online but eliminate special deputies who help people sign up to vote. The Assembly approved the bill last month on a vote of 56-38, with three Republicans joining all Democrats in opposing the proposal. Walker plans to sign the bill on Wednesday, according to a memo from the Government Accountability Board, which runs elections.
The bill would allow state residents to register online for election day if they had a current and valid state driver’s license or state-issued ID card. They would have to use the same name for voter registration that appears on their state license or ID.
The online voter registration system would be set up by spring 2017.
Once that system takes effect, the bill would end the ability of political parties, nonprofit groups and others to use special registration deputies to help people to sign up to vote. These workers and volunteers often stake out college campuses and street corners to make sure people are registered to vote.