Decision on absentee voting efforts delayed

Approximately 2.7 million absentee voting applications aimed at Wisconsin residents are not heading to the post office quite yet. The Wisconsin Elections Commission delayed Wednesday’s vote one week while it works on the final wording of the mailing. States like Michigan, New York, and Wisconsin are pushing for more people to vote absentee just in case another health emergency is declared this fall. Common Cause Wisconsin Executive Director Jay Heck says by pushing absentee voting now, he hopes municipal clerks will not have to suffer through the same crunch they had in April when over 1.2 million ballots were requested for the spring election.

Proponents of mail-in voting say it would encourage more people to participate in the election while critics believe it could open the door for fraud. The Wisconsin Elections Commission approved a grant to municipalities to help cover some of the costs of the application mailing.

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