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Final Reminder: Wisconsin’s Inactive Voters Have One Week to Return Postcard

Date: 
March 16, 2009

MADISON, WI – Wisconsin voters who have not voted in four years or more have one more week to respond to a postcard notice recently sent to them in February from the Government Accountability Board (G.A.B.).

The G.A.B.’s “Notice of Suspension” postcard was mailed to more than 313,000 Wisconsin residents and asks inactive voters who wish to be retained as “active” in the state voter registration system to respond to the agency by March 23.

After that date, voters who do not respond will be classified as ”inactive,” which means, they will no longer be included on poll lists. However, these inactive voters will not be deleted from the Statewide Voter Registration System (SVRS).

The goal of the law, and the postcard mailing, is to increase the accuracy of the SVRS, and improve voter data quality. The return postcard is a simple way for voters to help local election officials and the Elections Division to increase the quality of poll lists.

Voters who received a postcard but participated in Wisconsin’s February 17 Spring Primary, or who will vote in the April 7 Spring Election, are automatically retained in the SVRS and on the active poll list.

The G.A.B. mailing, sent on February 20, includes a tear-off return postcard that contains an “Application for Continuation of Registration” which voters must sign and date. Voters who have changed their name or address in the last four years must reregister.