Wisconsin election officials are setting the stage to remove hundreds of thousands of people from the voting rolls because they have died, moved or not voted in the past four years. The voters will be notified and will have a chance to keep themselves registered to vote. Wisconsin Elections Commission approved the plan Tuesday to send postcards to up to nearly 800,000 voters by June to tell them they will be removed from the voter rolls if they don’t update their information. Also Tuesday, the commission certified to the Legislature that it has put in place a new system allowing people to use an online portal to register to vote, provided they have a valid Wisconsin driver’s license or state ID card. The system is for registering only and voters still have to cast ballots at the polls, in clerks’ offices or by mail.
After every election for president or governor, the state sends postcards to those who are registered to vote but have not cast ballots in four years. Those who don’t respond in 30 days are removed from the voter rolls.
About 387,000 people have been identified as fitting that bill, but that figure could shrink as more analysis is done, according to the commission.
Separately, the commission has identified 389,000 people on the voter rolls who are believed to have died or moved or who might have duplicate voting records.