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Wisconsin Bill

Wisconsin Bill

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2012 LEGISLATURE
2011 BILL
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to amend 
7.75 (1) and 8.25 (1) of the statutes;
relating to:
the methodof selecting presidential electors.
 Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, the political parties and the independent and write
incandidates for president and vice president nominate one presidential elector fromeach congressional district and two electors from the state at large. At the electionfor president and vice president, a vote for a particular candidate is a vote for thatcandidate’s presidential electors. Currently, the presidential electors are elected ona statewide basis. Following the election, all of the presidential electors representingthe candidates who win the statewide vote are, with certain limited exceptions,bound to vote for those candidates when the presidential electors convene to vote forpresident and vice president. Currently, when there is a vacancy in the office opresidential elector, the vacancy is filled by a plurality vote of the other electors.Under this bill, one presidential elector is elected from each congressionaldistrict and two presidential electors are elected from the state at large. Under thisbill, following the election, one presidential elector representing the candidates whowin the vote in each congressional district and two presidential electors representingthe candidates who win the statewide vote are, with certain limited exceptions,bound to vote for those candidates when the presidential electors convene to vote forpresident and vice president. This bill provides that a vacancy in the office opresidential elector must be filled by an individual who represents the same party12

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