Current law requires every vote be counted for the candidate it was intended, even if it's Mickey Mouse or Bart Simpson. Election officials say that can be a time-consuming, laborious process.
The bill passed on a voice vote Tuesday would require in most cases that write-in candidates only be counted for registered candidates. If a certified candidate dies or withdraws before the election, all write-in votes would be counted.
The proposal now heads to the Assembly, where it also must pass and be signed by Gov. Scott Walker before becoming law.