About 21,000 Milwaukee residents who were cut from the voter rolls last year will regain their voter registration before the Nov. 6 election. The state Elections Commission on Tuesday unanimously agreed to allow local clerks to reinstate the voter registration for thousands of people who were taken off the voter rolls last year. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said he planned to reinstate the registrations of about 21,000 people. The Milwaukee Elections Commission will work with the state agency on the issue. “These are people who never should have been dropped from the rolls in the first place,” Barrett said.
At issue is an effort the state used to try to identify people who had moved. In 2017, officials sent postcards to about 340,000 Wisconsinites who were thought to have possibly moved. The state removed people from the rolls if they did not did not hear back from them.
Election officials have determined many voters got the postcards who shouldn’t have because of faulty data. They are now seeking ways to help people who didn’t move get back on the voter rolls.
In Milwaukee, about 44,000 were removed from the voter rolls as part of the effort, said Neil Albrecht, executive director of the Milwaukee Election Commission.
Full Article: 21,000 Milwaukee voters will go back on the rolls.