Just days before the historic recall primary, some absentee ballot registration cards are causing confusion. Election Commission office phones are ringing with voters concerned and confused over third-party mailers, which they said are leading some to think cities are actually campaigning for certain candidates, showing up in their mailbox. “We’re pleased that people are calling and asking if it’s a proper form to request an absentee ballot,” Milwaukee Election Commission Executive Director Susan Edman said.
The confusion is over campaign material attached to absentee ballot registration cards with the city clerk’s address printed on the backside of one page. “They think we sent out the mailer and we actually don’t,” Racine City Clerk Janice Johnson-Martin said. “They’ve been asking if I fill that out will I receive an absentee ballot, and the answer is, yes, you will,” Edman said.