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As the pandemic wears on, Wisconsin election officials are vowing changes to the state’s mail-in ballot system, hoping to avoid a repeat of confusion that left many Wisconsin voters without requested ballots ahead of the April 7 election, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
The biggest looming change: The Wisconsin Elections Commission will roll out a tracking system with the U.S. Postal Service.
“The Intelligent Mail system will consist of a unique barcode on each envelope that will be scanned at each postal facility, allowing voters to track exactly where their ballot is in the system,” according to the Journal Sentinel.
A May 15 Elections Commission report detailed postal issues and technical hiccups that caused thousands of absentee ballots to go missing ahead of April 7. Some of the ballots were sent but never delivered, triggering a U.S. Postal Service investigation. But the Elections Commission saw “overwhelming success” in local clerks’ performance in meeting record demands for absentee ballots as voters avoided the polls during the pandemic, the report said.
‘The idea is to simplify’: Wisconsin election officials vow major changes to absentee ballot system after chaotic spring vote — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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