This bill would: 

  • Prohibit the disclosure of personally identifiable information of election officials or election registration officials; 
  • Make “intentionally causing bodily harm to an election official in that person’s official capacity” a Class I felony; and 
  • Provides that an election official may not be “discharged, disciplined, demoted or otherwise discriminated against in regard to employment, or threatened with any such treatment” in response to “lawfully report[ing] or is believed to have reported, witnessing what the clerk or election official reasonably believed to be election fraud or irregularities.” 

While ACLU-WI appreciates efforts to protect election officials, the bill as currently written does not define election “irregularities” or the “reasonableness” of the belief and does not create a process for election officials to “lawfully report” alleged irregularities. Without outlining the process for how a complaint must be made and to whom, it could allow baseless allegations to cast doubt on the validity and security of an election. 

 

Authors

Representatives Goeben, Ortiz-Velez, Sortwell; Senators Jacque, Taylor

Status

Passed one chamber

Session

2023-24

Bill number

Position

Oppose