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Absentee Voting Update

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June 1, 2012

MADISON, WI – More than 182,000 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 182,228 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.

To give that number 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; and on May 31, there were 164,848 ballots tracked.

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 runs through 5 p.m. or the close of business on Friday, June 1, whichever is later. Some clerks are offering extended hours to handle demand. Voters can find their local clerk’s office address and phone number on Voter Public Access: vpa.wi.gov.

The deadline for most absentee voters to request ballots to be sent to them has passed. The deadline for military voters and indefinitely confined voters to request an absentee ballot is 5 p.m. today. Sequestered jurors and people who are hospitalized can 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.
 

For more information, contact: 

Reid Magney, public information officer, 608-267-7887

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