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Dan Knodl says early absentee processing bill won’t advance from Senate committee and He Discusses His Future


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GOP State Sen. Dan Knodl, Republican from Germantown, says there’s no scenario in which he will bring the “Monday processing” bill to a vote before the Senate elections committee ahead of the end of the legislative session.

The legislation, which passed the Assembly with Democrat and Republican support, and it would have allowed election officials to start processing absentee ballots the day before election day, a bill designed for Milwaukee and to help alleviate so-called late night “ballot dumps.”
“We had many issues in 2020 particularly,” Knodl said. “I believe they’re working through those issues. The 2022 election was very well run, didn’t have too many issues, if any. But I still need to see another cycle run to have the confidence that Milwaukee has got their central count in order. And it’s just not the right time to add a new process, a whole new day to process ballots in a presidential election cycle particularly.”

Robin Vos Stated:

“I have no idea why senators would not want to solve the problem of these late night ballot dumps,” Vos said last week.

“Hopefully they’ll come to their senses and they can get the vote in the March floor period.”

About Dan’s Future From Wis Politics

Dan Knodl also told WisPolitics he won’t run for reelection to the 8th SD that he won in a special election last year after being paired in the seat with fellow GOP state Sen. Duey Stroebel.
He said he’ll instead look to run for another seat.

Knodl is one of several legislators who told WisPolitics they’re starting to finalize their intentions for this fall after Dem Gov. Tony Evers signed new maps that either drew them out of the seats they now represent, paired them with another lawmaker or opened a new opportunity.

Is this at all fair?

Knodl said he plans to help recruit candidates for open seats and will consider running for one in the Assembly or the Senate depending on how that effort goes.

There’s no incumbent, for example, in the 98th AD under the new lines. Rep. Adam Neylon, R-Pewaukee, represented that seat this session. But he was drawn into the 15th AD under the new map with no other incumbents.


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