On October 14, seven Wisconsin legislators introduced AB 419. It provides that write-in votes should only be counted for candidates who file a campaign finance statement. The bill makes an exception for offices for which no one’s name is printed on the ballot.
Candidates who have no contributions or expenditures are still free to file a campaign finance statement. But if they do have contributions or expenditures, they must choose a campaign treasurer.
AB 419 has a hearing in the House Committee on Campaigns and Elections on October 16. Wisconsin already requires write-in presidential candidates to file a notice if they want their write-ins counted. But, current law for office other than president requires that all write-ins be counted. The purpose behind AB 419 is probably to save election administrators the costs of counting write-ins for people who are not running, or who do not exist, such as famous cartoon characters. Thanks to Rick Kissell for this news.