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League of Women Voters oppose Assembly Bill 54 PDF Print E-mail

Letter to the Editor:

The League of Women VotersĀ® opposes Assembly Bill 54 (AB 54), which limits the ability of municipal clerks to serve their constituents and the opportunity for citizens to cast a ballot.

This bill limits the hours that clerks may hold for in-person absentee voting before an election. It bans evening and weekend hours for early voting and limits total hours to no more than 40 hours per week in a two-week period prior to the election.

In Wisconsin, our local election officials are known for their commitment to helping every qualified voter to cast a ballot. This bill does not uphold this tradition of public service. It does not set a minimum level of service, but rather a maximum level at which clerks can serve their constituents.

This proposal would reduce the opportunities for voters across the state who have daytime jobs, child- or elder-care commitments or who travel frequently.

Limiting early voting to business hours would complicate the jobs of the many part-time municipal clerks in our state who have day jobs and must perform their clerk

duties off hours. How will they serve their constituents, who also might work during business hours?

AB 54 would impose a statewide, cookie-cutter solution to a nonexistent problem.

What have Wisconsin voters done to deserve yet another restrictive voting law? What problem would AB 54 solve?

Wisconsin consistently ranks near the top nationally for clean, efficiently administered elections with high voter participation. Despite federal and state scrutiny of our elections in the past few years, we are not aware of problems related to early voting hours in our state.

Jane Trotter


League of Women Voters

of Wisconsin

Education Network

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 2:49 PM

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