- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 13, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin residents with driver’s licenses or state identification cards could register to vote online under a bill up for a public hearing in the Legislature.

The Republican-backed measure was subject of a joint hearing Tuesday.

Democrats who had been co-sponsors of the measure dropped their support Monday, and the Wisconsin League of Women Voters voiced opposition because the proposal would get rid of special registration deputies.

Those deputies are used to canvas neighborhoods and get people registered to vote.

In addition to allowing online registration, the bill would permit people who are already registered to change their name and address online and shorten the window when absentee ballots could be counted.

Bill sponsor Sen. Devin LeMahieu said Tuesday he wants to work with Democrats to make the measure bipartisan.


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