UPDATE: Walker to sign bill affecting write-in candidates

UPDATED Tuesday, April 1, 2014 --- 8:26 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker plans to sign into law a bill that would allow election officials to stop counting most names entered as write-in candidates.

Current law requires every vote be counted for the candidate it was intended, even if it's Mickey Mouse or Bart Simpson. Election officials say that can be a time-consuming, laborious process.

The bill Walker plans to sign on Wednesday would require in most cases that write-in candidates only be counted for registered candidates. If a certified candidate dies or withdraws before the election, all write-in votes would be counted.

Walker's staff sent lawmakers an email Tuesday notifying them that he planned to sign the bill and six others privately on Wednesday.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, March 11, 2014 --- 5:43 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Mickey Mouse, Aaron Rodgers and other famous people and characters entered as write-in candidates for public office would not have to be counted any longer under a bill passed by the Wisconsin state Senate.

Current law requires every vote be counted for the candidate it was intended, even if it's Mickey Mouse or Bart Simpson. Election officials say that can be a time-consuming, laborious process.

The bill passed on a voice vote Tuesday would require in most cases that write-in candidates only be counted for registered candidates. If a certified candidate dies or withdraws before the election, all write-in votes would be counted.

The proposal now heads to the Assembly, where it also must pass and be signed by Gov. Scott Walker before becoming law.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted Tuesday, March 11, 2014 --- 9:54 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Mickey Mouse, Aaron Rodgers and other famous people and characters entered as write-in candidates for public office would not have to be counted any longer under a bill before the Wisconsin state Senate.

Current law requires every vote be counted for the candidate it was intended, even if it's Mickey Mouse or Bart Simpson. Election officials say that can be a time-consuming, laborious process.

The bill up for a Senate vote Tuesday would require in most cases that write-in candidates only be counted for registered candidates. If a certified candidate dies or withdraws before the election, all write-in votes would be counted.

The proposal received unanimous support in the Senate Elections Committee.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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