Absentee voting back on track

Clerks in Door and Kewaunee Counties have been given the go-ahead to mail out ballots to absentee voters. Efforts were slowed down last week after the Wisconsin Supreme Court said they would listen to a case concerning Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and his attempt to get on the November ballot. The high court ruled 4-3 on Monday that Hawkins and his running mate Angela Walker waited too long to ask the Wisconsin Elections Commission to review a possible issue with their paperwork. A Brown County judge denied rapper Kanye West his spot because he did not file the paperwork. Door County Clerk Jill Lau and Kewaunee County Clerk Jamie Annoye said on Friday that this was a best-case scenario as it saves them thousands of dollars in reprinting and recalibration costs. Lau told last Friday that they will still be hard-pressed to meet the September 16th deadline to get ballots in the mail.

Lau instructed Door County’s municipal clerks to not stuff the envelopes until they knew Monday’s decision while Annoye said they had just recently ordered theirs in anticipation of the Supreme Court’s decision. Over one million absentee ballots have been requested by Wisconsin voters for the November 3rd election.


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