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Assembly Bill 898

Relating To: Relating to: the time for holding special primaries, requiring those who register electronically or by mail to vote in person the first time they vote, obtaining another person's marked absentee ballot, tampering with voting machines or ballots, and providing a penalty. (FE)
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Lobbying Principals

Principal Name Notified Date Communication Date Comments Supporting Documentation  
AARP Notified Date 2/13/2020 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
Other
Report Date
2/13/2020

Comments
Older Adults vote absentee due to health, transportation and many other good reasons including mobility issues and accessibility of the voting locations. Absentee voting is for those who cannot get to the polls and this bill defeats that purpose.
City of Madison Notified Date 2/13/2020 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
Against
Report Date
2/13/2020

Disability Rights Wisconsin Notified Date 2/13/2020 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
Other
Report Date
2/13/2020

Comments
DRW is concerned that provisions related to absentee voting would be a barrier for some voters with disabilities.A broad exemption for all voters with disabilities and older adults will ensure that AB 898 does not create new barriers for these voters
Supporting Documentation
20200213_DRW Testimony AB 898 Absentee Voting 02 2020.pdf

Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources Notified Date 2/12/2020 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
Other
Report Date
2/12/2020

Comments
Requiring newly registered voters to vote in-person at the polling site the first time may keep some older/disabled voters from being able to cast their votes.We recommend the proposal include a broad exemption for all older & disabled voters.
League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, Inc Notified Date 2/12/2020 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
Against
Report Date
2/12/2020

Comments
Specifically we oppose the measure requiring an elector to vote in person the first time after registering online or by mail. This is bad policy for any voter but especially so for people with disabilities.
National Alliance on Mental Illness Wisconsin Notified Date 2/19/2020 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
Other
Report Date
2/19/2020

Comments
NAMI Wisconsin would like to see an exemption for people with disabilities which includes mental illness who might present a barrier to accessing voting as a result of this bill.
Wisconsin Coalition of Independent Living Centers, Inc. Notified Date 2/14/2020 Communication Date N/A Comments   Supporting Documentation  
Other
Report Date
2/14/2020

Comments
This Bill should include an exemption for voters with disability related barriers.

Lobbying Efforts

  2019
January - June
2019
July - December
2020
January - June
2020
July - December
Total
Total Hours Of Effort On This Matter 2019
January - June
2019
July - December
2020
January - June
10.00
2020
July - December
Total 10.00
Disability Rights Wisconsin 2019
January - June
2019
July - December
2020
January - June
5.00
2020
July - December
Total 5.00
Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources 2019
January - June
2019
July - December
2020
January - June
3.00
2020
July - December
Total 3.00
League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, Inc 2019
January - June
2019
July - December
2020
January - June
2.00
2020
July - December
Total 2.00