Wisconsin residents are receiving confusing messages by phone and in the mail about the election, according to the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin. The organization said that just last week some people received a Wisconsin voter registration form in the mail with their name and address already filled in. They were told to mail the form in to their municipal clerk, even though it was already too late for mailed registrations to be processed. Other people have reported receiving robocalls telling them to bring a photo ID to vote. This happened after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the voter ID law would not be implemented in this election.
“The groups responsible for these confusing messages are usually well-intentioned, but they are often national groups that do not understand how elections are administered in Wisconsin,” said Andrea Kaminski, executive director of the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin. “Our best advice is to be wary of messages coming from groups you are not familiar with. The best sources to consult are your municipal clerk, the (state) Government Accountability Board or the League of Women Voters.”
Through Oct. 31, citizens may register to vote and/or cast an absentee ballot in person at their municipal clerk’s office or, in Milwaukee, at the Milwaukee Election Commission. Although clerks may offer early voting from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday of this week, it is best to check with own your clerk to find out what hours are available in your community.