E-voter registration bill heads to Assembly

Posted at 9:30 PM, Feb 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-10 08:38:12-05

Madison -- A bill to create online voter registration passed the Senate Tuesday night and now is headed to the State Assembly. Senate Bill 295 aims to create a way to register to vote online in Wisconsin .

“It deals with giving qualified electors the chance to register online," says bill sponsor and area State Senator Devin LeMahieu, "but it also does a lot in bringing Wisconsin elections into the 21st century with using technology to clean up the voter rolls.”

But opponents to the bill aren’t so sure. Matt Rothschild is with the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign and he's opposing the bill even though online registration is a positive.

“It would bring us up to speed in the 21st Century so thats a good thing and it would also allow veterans to user their veteran cards to vote” says Rothschild.

While some aspects are good Rothschild there's some bad aspects from the bill. He says groups like the League of Women Voters won’t be able to be in the community helping voters register.

“This is a sad day for democracy in Wisconsin… It’s going to make registering to vote in Wisconsin harder because people won’t be in the community helping them to register” Says Rothschild.

State Representative Mike Rohrkaste of Neenah is a co-sponsor of the bill. He says it can still be done. “People aren't prohibited from doing that they can help people use the system” Rohrkaste adds. “It makes it more secure and it actually reduces waste and unnecessary cost to the state”