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Confusion continues over Wisconsin absentee ballots

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WISCONSIN -- Wisconsin voters were told, so long as their absentee ballots were in the mail by the April 7th election, they'd be counted.

Now, that might not be the case.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission discussed the issue this afternoon.

A court ruling says every ballot has to be postmarked, but some postmarks aren't dated.

That means if a ballot arrived at a clerk's office after the election, it's not always possible to tell if it was sent by the deadline.

Some commissioners argue ballots received after election day, without a clear April 7th postmark, shouldn't be counted.

Others argue if the clerk received a ballot on April 8th, it was obviously mailed on the 7th or before and should be counted.

"Everybody seemed to assume that every piece of mail gets a postmark, which it doesn't, so how many people are we going to disenfranchise over a decorative stamp, versus actually having put their ballot in on time?" questioned Commissioner Ann S. Jacobs.

Other commissioners said the law states a ballot must be mailed by or on election day, and if there's no postmark to prove it, the ballot can't be legally counted.

It's unclear how the Commission will move forward on this issue.

Kristen Vake

Anchor, Reporter

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