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MADISON – The Legislature’s budget committee is slated to decide Tuesday whether to cut six positions from the state’s Elections Commission.

The Joint Finance Committee is also cued up to determine whether to slash daily stipends for commissioners by nearly 90%.

The state received more than $50 million in federal grants to bolster its election systems under the Help America Vote Act, which Congress passed in response to problems that came to light in Florida’s razor-thin presidential results in 2000.

Now, that federal aid is running out. Gov. Scott Walker has recommended using state taxpayer money to pay for 16 of 22 positions at the Elections Commission that had been federally funded.

Commissioners have lobbied for keeping all 22 jobs. Losing the six positions could mean the voter registration system won’t be maintained as well and could result in candidates having to wait longer to get on the ballot, the commission has warned.