205,000 Voters Deactivated from Registration Rolls in Wisconsin
Voters not voted in the past four years and did not respond to a mailing
Over 200,000 people in Wisconsin have been deactivated from the voter registration list in he state, according to reports.
Although voters have been deactivated, they are not being dropped.
On Wednesday, the Wisconsin Elections Commission announced 205,000 people were deactivated from the state’s voter rolls.
Elections Commission Administrator Meagan Wolfe said:
“The first group of more than 174,000 voters we deactivated have not voted in the past four years and did not respond to a mailing."
A further 31,000 voters were deactivated because they had moved residence.
Almost 187,000 voters who had not voted in years were mailed postcards by the WEC.
Out of that number, just 6% (approximately 12,000) responded and kept their voter registration.
Almost 63,000 postcards were returned as undeliverable.
Over 112,000 failed to respond at all.
Rep. Janel Brandtjen, R-Menomonee Falls, said many people would interpret the word "deactivated" as "dropped."
She emphasized they are not the same thing.
“There are a lot of people who are on Wisconsin’s voter registration list, and a lot of them are simply inactive,” Brandtjen told The Center Square.
There are 4.6 million people of voting age in Wisconsin, according to the WEC, and 3.5 million of them are actively registered.
In total, there are 7.1 million people on the state’s voter rolls, the WEC said.
“Once you register to vote in Wisconsin, your name will always remain on our voting list,” WEC spokesman Reid Magney said.
None of the 205,000 people deactivated this month voted in 2020, Magney said.
The last time many of them voted was in 2016, he noted.
Brandtjen said there were concerns about the potential for abuse of leaving hundreds of thousands of people on the voter registration despite them not voting for years.
“You have to ask if leaving inactive voters on the rolls is the right procedure to gain confidence in our electoral process,” Brandtjen said.
The news comes just weeks after a Wisconsin man was charged with multiple felonies after casting two absentee ballots in the 2020 presidential election.
Donald Trump raised the alarm of widespread fraud in Wisconsin, which is the state where Joe Biden won by under 21,000 votes.
But despite this, the fraud charges related to it is rare in Wisconsin.
Trump targeted Wisconsin and other key swing states such as Arizona, claiming the election was stolen.