MADISON, WI - The Assembly has approved a sweeping elections reform package, including three proposed amendments to the Wisconsin Constitution.
“After the 2020 and 2022 elections, I heard from many constituents who were concerned about the integrity of our elections process,” State Rep. Dave Armstrong (R-Rice Lake) said. “The bills on today’s calendar are a big step toward addressing those concerns.”
The Assembly concurred in three proposed constitutional amendments the Senate approved earlier this week:
- Senate Joint Resolution 71 clarifies that only US citizens may vote in Wisconsin elections.
- Senate Joint Resolution 78 prohibits state and local governments from using private funds for administering elections (addressing what some call the “Zuckerbucks” concern).
- Senate Joint Resolution 73 requires photo ID for voting, subject to any exceptions the Legislature may establish.
As the Legislature previously passed resolutions identical to SJR 71 and SJR 78 during the 2021-2022 legislative session, those proposals will go to voters in a statewide referendum next year. The Legislature must pass language identical to SJR 73 again in the next session (2025-2026) before the photo ID requirement goes to a referendum.