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GAB re-affirms election observers 6 foot ruling Tuesday


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin election observers must stand at least six feet away from poll workers.

The Government Accountability Board re-affirmed the new rule on a 5 to 1 vote Tuesday, after first approving it a few weeks ago.

The panel rejected opposition from groups that included the State Republican Party. They said six feet is not close enough to observe the proof of residence documents that voters must present in order to register at the polls. And they especially raised concerns about not being able to see documents presented over cellphones and laptops – a practice the Board also allowed starting in November.

Board attorney Mike Haas said it might not be conducive to a calm election if observers got any closer than six feet from poll workers.

Earlier, board officials said they educated local clerks and poll workers about the documents that are acceptable for same-day registration – like current utility bills.

During the recall elections, Republicans claimed that a voter showed a water bill listing only the word “occupant” as a proof of residency. And the League of Women Voters said one person in Waukesha County tried using a “Jiffy Lube” oil change receipt to register.