Thousands of Milwaukee voters have been dropped from voter rolls — including some erroneously — through the state’s registration system, city officials said Wednesday. Some 44,000 voters were removed from city rolls after the state started using a new process in the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC), they said. It’s unclear how many of those were dropped in error. “This is not a problem that has been caused at the local level,” Mayor Tom Barrett said at a City Hall news conference. Barrett said problems were caused by incorrect data provided by the state Department of Motor Vehicles and the U.S. Postal Service, leading some voters who haven’t actually moved or changed addresses to be erroneously dropped from the rolls. “We are very concerned with the number of legitimate voters whose records have been deactivated,” Barrett said.
During the February primary — a small turnout election — nearly 100 city voters learned they had been removed from the polls even though they hadn’t changed addresses, Barrett said. They were able to re-register and vote, he added.
City officials have been working with the state Elections Commission to identify errors.
The commission recently approved plans for supplemental poll lists, including everyone who was deactivated as a result of the move to ERIC, Elections Commission spokesman Reid Magney said. Those voters will not have to re-register at the polls