The Wisconsin Senate on Wednesday passed several IDP-backed bills that would place more restrictions on the absence of votes – which Republicans described as measures designed to protect the state election, while Democrats claim they are designed to suppress voter turnout.
A measure approved during a ballot included a restriction on the ballots used in Wisconsin during the Nov. 3 general election. The new bill would determine that municipalities will have no more than four subjects, although it depends on their population.
“This bill allows voters to have another option to vote, and it is in a safe place,” Senator Alberta Darling, a Republican, told WPR according to the legislation. “I think people care about the integrity of the election.”
Another account passed by the Senate, individuals considered “indefinitely restricted” would mean that due to their health conditions they could not leave their homes, giving identification before receiving ballots by mail for future elections. IDP senators have voted to approve a bill that would ban clerks from accepting money and equipment from outside groups.
An indefinite limited voter, according to under the State of Wisconsin law, it is considered to be a person who is “restricted due to age, physical illness or infirmity or disabled for an indefinite period of time” and who “by signing a declaration to that effect … may require an absentee ballot papers are sent to the voters automatically for each election. ”
Republican Senator Duey Stroebel claims that a large number of people took advantage of the ‘indefinite time’ law during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s important that we truly limit voters indefinitely, but unfortunately in the last election we saw other people who were not really indefinite, and they abused the system,” Strobel said.
And an account that new requirements for voting at nursing homes have also been approved. The bill will implement notification requirements for family members of residents over the days that voting assistants can visit.
The measure would create a punitive penalty for nursing home employees trying to influence a resident’s voting behavior during the election.
Democrats claim that state republics are trying to oppress voters and they claim that such restrictions are racist. Several GOP senators have also broken their parties on several of the election bills and joined the Democrats.
“These bills are looking for a problem that does not exist in the state of Wisconsin,” Democratic Representative Melissa Agard said. report The Associated Press. ‘It makes it harder for our friends and neighbors across the state to vote, especially our elderly, especially our people with disabilities, especially coloreds. … Clearly and simply, this is voter oppression and it’s not OK for me. ”
But Darling said her GOP colleagues are not trying to overthrow the 2020 election.
The measures, if passed in the Wisconsin state legislature, are likely to be vetoed by Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat who previously opposed previous GOP-backed election bills. Evers said he would not sign anything that would make it harder for people to vote.