Wisconsin Elections Commission agrees to mailing of absentee ballot applications

Updated: 7:26 p.m. on May 27, 2020

MADISON, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Most voters in Wisconsin will get absentee ballot request forms in the mail this fall.

The state's bipartisan election commission unanimously approved that plan Wednesday night -- one week after failing to reach an agreement.

Voters will be mailed absentee request forms, not actual ballots.

Commissioners did not, however, reach a consensus on the language that will be used in the mailings.

That will have to happen before any will be sent out.


Posted: 10:30 a.m. on May 27, 2020

By SCOTT BAUER Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A politically divided Wisconsin Elections Commission will consider for the second time in a week whether to mail absentee ballot application forms to 2.7 million registered voters in the battleground state ahead of the November presidential election.

The panel split 3-3 along partisan lines last week on whether to mail the forms to nearly all registered voters, even if they had not requested one.

Democrats were in favor while Republicans were opposed. The commission is meeting again Wednesday to once again take up the issue.

Democrats have advocated for more mail-in voting, while Republicans and President Donald Trump have opposed it.

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