The Nov. 8 election is drawing near, and nearly 600,000 Wisconsin voters have already cast their ballots through advance voting. But news of a top Milwaukee election official charged with sending falsely obtained military absentee ballots to the home of a state lawmaker has caused some to question the absentee voting process and how Wisconsin election officials safeguard against fraud.
Wisconsin Election Commission Administrator Meagan Wolfe called the official’s alleged action a setback to public confidence, but said she has “every confidence the upcoming election will be fair and accurate.”
Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about how absentee voting works, especially for military voters, and what is known about the steps officials are taking to prevent fraud:
What Are The Deadlines For Absentee Ballots?
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Registered Wisconsin voters who aren’t actively serving in the U.S. military could request an absentee ballot by mail through Thursday. Military voters can request an absentee ballot through Friday, and all the way through 5 p.m. on Election Day if they’re on active duty away from their residence.
Any registered voter can also cast an absentee ballot in person at their clerk’s office through Sunday, Nov. 6, if their clerk’s office is open. But municipalities can choose to end in-person absentee voting sooner than this date.
How Do Voters Get Absentee Ballots?
Normal voters need to make sure they’ve registered to vote, which involves providing proof they reside in Wisconsin. Once a voter is registered, they can request an absentee ballot online, in person or by mail by providing their photo ID, name, address and date of birth.
Though many military voters choose to register to vote, the state of Wisconsin does not require them to do so, meaning active members of the military don’t have to provide a photo ID to obtain a ballot. Instead, military personnel must only give their…
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