If You've Moved You Likely Have To Re-Register To Vote

Dec 13, 2017

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If you've moved to a new address there's a possibility you might not be able to vote unless you re-register.

David Barnhill is a member of League of Women Voters of the Northwoods,  the  Voter Outreach Task Force and a co-chair of the group Our Wisconsin.

In November the state Elections Commission mailed more than 300,000 post cards to people they determined had moved and put a deadline of this Friday to return the card. Barnhill says the card informed the people who moved that they had been removed from the voter registration rolls.

The card said if they hadn't moved, they would be returned to the list...

"....they would have to re-register. They still can register the day they are voting but a number of people find it difficult to register. I can be a cumbersome process if they're not getting some assistance. And it's particularly a problem if they don't know the government has removed them from the rolls....."

The Elections Commission says voters must re-register at their new address. Voters can now register online up to 20 days before an election at the MyVote Wisconsin website (www.myvote.wi.gov)

Barnhill is critical of the Commission's actions saying the right to vote is a fundamental right and the role of government is to ensure that right..

"...they certainly should avoid removing people from voter registration lists that deserve to be on there. 300,000 of these post cards were sent out this month, and in the summer, about 350,000 post cards were sent out to other voters because they had been removed from the voter registration lists because they hadn't voted in four years. I'm very concerned out state is removing people from the rolls and surpressing the vote...."

Barnhill says the League of Women Voters of the Northwoods can help if voters want more information about voter registration. A link is here.