A team of special agents from the Division of Criminal Investigation and assistant attorney generals will head to Wisconsin on Tuesday to ensure make sure everyone complies with the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which outlaws discrimination in the election process based on race, color or membership in a minority language group.
The Government Accountability Board has released an update on the number of absentee ballots issued for the June 5 recall election. As of noon Monday, a total of 206,128 were issued by Wisconsin’s election officials who use the Statewide Voter Registration System. That’s 33 percent more than the number of absentee ballots cast in the May 8 recall primary election.
MADISON, WI – More than 206,000 Wisconsin residents have already requested absentee ballots or voted absentee in the clerk’s office for the June 5 recall election, according to the Government Accountability Board.
As of noon today, at least 206,128 absentee ballots had been issued by Wisconsin’s local election officials who track them using the Statewide Voter Registration System (SVRS). Just over one-third of municipalities track absentee ballots in SVRS, including all the state’s large cities.
The G.A.B. also released detailed, county-by-county numbers today, which are attached to this news release. Individual municipal numbers are not available from the G.A.B.
To give these numbers some context, a total of 68,000 absentee ballots were tracked in SVRS for the May 8 recall primary, which had an unofficial, overall turnout of 29.5 percent. On May 23, there were approximately 90,000 ballots tracked; on May 25 there were 113,558 ballots tracked; on May 29 there were 130,391 ballots tracked; on May 31, there were 164,848 ballots tracked; on June 1, there were 182,228 ballots tracked.
These numbers are likely to continue changing throughout the week as clerks enter data into the system.The G.A.B. will continue to provide updated absentee ballot numbers daily next week as clerks enter them into the system.
As many as 75 percent of all absentee ballots are typically cast in the clerk’s office, with the remainder being delivered by mail.
In-person absentee voting in the clerk’s office ended Friday, June 1. The deadline for most absentee voters to request ballots to be sent to them has also passed. Sequestered jurors and people who are hospitalized can still request ballots until 5 p.m. on Election Day. Mailed absentee ballots must be postmarked by Election Day, and must be received by the clerk by 4 p.m. the Friday after the election.
MILWAUKEE — The U.S. Department of Justice plans to the recall elections in Wisconsin on Tuesday, and will dispatch a team of federal observers to the city of Milwaukee.
The observers will be ensuring that the city complies with the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination in the electoral process on the basis of race, color or membership in a minority language group.
There are six recall elections taking place on June 5 for governor, lieutenant governor and six state senate races.
Wisconsin’s Department of Justice is also a team of assistant attorneys general and special agents from the Division of Criminal Investigation to 12 cities in an effort to prevent voter fraud.
“The June recall election is a significant event in our state’s history,” said state Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen (R). “The people of Wisconsin need to have confidence that their rights are being protected and the laws are being followed.”
The Appleton Post Crescent notes that voter fraud is “practically non-existent” in Wisconsin. In 2008, for example, the state conducted an investigation into complaints of voter fraud. Just 20 people were charged out of almost 3 million votes cast in the election.
The Wisconsin state election board is predicting on Tuesday. Between 60 and 65 percent of voters are expected to cast a ballot, which would put turnout higher than in the 2010 elections but lower than 2008.
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