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Court decision mixed bag for voting rights advocates

A voting rights advocate believes decisions made by the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago earlier this week could place an extra emphasis on absentee voting in the state. Among the decisions made by the federal panel includes a requirement that voters be Wisconsin residents for at least 28 days before Election Day, a mandate for municipalities to keep their early voting period to two weeks, and forbidding ballots from being faxed or emailed unless they are for the military.  With COVID-19 still a concern, Common Cause Wisconsin Executive Director Jay Heck says the decisions will have an impact on absentee voting.

The appeals court did rule that expired college IDs are valid for voting and the state cannot ask colleges for citizenship information of their on-campus residents prior to Election Day. Heck earlier this month applauded the Wisconsin Elections Commission’s decision to send over 2.5 million absentee ballot applications to voters, but says the challenge will be making sure people send them back in a timely fashion.


Photo Courtesy of Common Cause Wisconsin

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