Nearly all registered voters in Wisconsin who have not already asked for absentee ballot applications will receive them by Sept. 1. Under the plan given approval last week by the Wisconsin Elections Commission, some 2.7 million ballot applications will be mailed. The mailing will not be sent to the nearly 528,000 electors who have already requested absentee ballots.
Rep. Joel Kitchens (R-Sturgeon Bay) said he supported the decision.
“By doing it this way,” he said, “I am confident that we can protect both the health of our citizens during a pandemic and the integrity of our elections.”
The mailing will be paid for with about $2.3 million in federal funding set aside for election-safety measures as part of the coronavirus relief package that Congress passed in March. Polling locations across Wisconsin will still be open for the Nov. 3 election.