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Election observer bill among those signed by Gov. Scott Walker

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A new Wisconsin law will let partisan election observers stand as close as three-feet from you, when you obtain a ballot or register to vote.

Governor Scott Walker signed that measure and other Republican election changes into law Wednesday.

Registered voters must speak their names to a poll worker in order to get a ballot. The Republican Walker said observers could stand 3 to 8 feet away, so they can certify the distribution of ballots and thus assure fair elections.

Walker also agreed to require equal numbers of Republican and Democratic poll workers, where the parties appoint them. Also, voters can no longer choose "Mickey Mouse" or anybody else as write-ins -- unless those candidates are real people who registered beforehand.  

Walker stopped the policy of counting all write-ins, after election officials said the old process was occasionally time consuming.

Walker also signed a bill forcing poll workers to list the types of documents that people use to prove their identities when they register -- except for military and overseas voters. The governor signed the bills in his office, without fanfare. 

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)