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Inactive Voters Have Two Weeks to Respond

March 9, 2009

MADISON, WI – Wisconsin voters who have not voted in four years or more have two weeks to respond to a notice postcard recently sent to them from the Elections Division of the Government Accountability Board (G.A.B.).

The G.A.B.’s “Notice of Suspension” postcard was mailed to more than 313,000 Wisconsinites on February 20 and asks inactive voters who wish to be retained as “active” in the state system to respond to the agency by March 23. After that date, voters who do not respond will be classified as ”inactive”, which means, they will no longer be included on poll lists. However, these inactive voters will not be deleted from the Statewide Voter Registration System.

“With help from voters, we are improving the quality of voter information by bringing Wisconsin’s voter registration database up to date and thereby making it more accurate,” said Nat Robinson, Elections Division Administrator. “For voters who received our postcard, it is easy for them to maintain an active status in the system and on the poll lists if we hear from them soon.”

Voters who received a postcard but participated in Wisconsin’s February 17 Spring Primary, or who will vote in the April 7 Spring Election, are automatically retained in the Statewide Voter Registration System and on the active poll list.

“Accurate voter data is extremely important in conducting problem-free and transparent elections,” said Kevin Kennedy, G.A.B. Director. “Updating our records is a process that is required by law in order for Wisconsin to maintain a current and quality voter database.”

The G.A.B. mailing includes a tear-off return postcard that contains an “Application for Continuation of Registration” which voters must sign and date. Voters who have changed their name or address in the last four years must reregister, Robinson said.