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State Assembly committee considers bill changing poll worker rules

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A Wisconsin Assembly committee is considering a bill that could make it easier for local government clerks to find poll workers – but could also make the voting process more political.

A public hearing was held Tuesday in Madison on a bill in which communities could bring in poll workers from their home counties, instead of just their municipal limits.

Local clerks would keep their ability to assign workers to specific polling places. The parties have been able to nominate poll workers for years, and there have been reports that such nominations have increased as politics have become more partisan.

Now, Assembly Republican Don Pridemore of Hartford says he wants to make sure both parties are represented equally at the polls. He says it would help to expand the recruiting territory, and increase the numbers of poll workers available.

Democrats and some clerks say it might result in more partisanship at the polls.

But State Government Accountability Board director Kevin Kennedy says many of those nominated often don’t want to serve. He says many don’t want to undergo the required training to be poll workers – or they don’t like where they would be assigned.

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