LAB recommends Elections Commission promulgate rules on clerks filling in missing absentee ballot info, using drop boxes

A new ballot collection box has been installed outside of Madison Fire Department Station #4, on Monroe Street, on Friday, October 16, 2020. The City of Madison Clerk’s Office is installing 14 secure ballot drop boxes outside of fire stations and at the Elver Park shelter. Photo by Ruthie Hauge, Capital Times
A new ballot collection box has been installed outside of Madison Fire Department Station #4, on Monroe Street, on Friday, October 16, 2020. The City of Madison Clerk’s Office is installing 14 secure ballot drop boxes outside of fire stations and at the Elver Park shelter. Photo by Ruthie Hauge, Capital Times

The Wisconsin Elections Commission should promulgate administrative rules if it believes municipal clerks should be allowed to fill in missing information on absentee ballot envelopes or use drop boxes, the Legislative Audit Bureau found.
A summary of the LAB's review of the 2020 election includes 30 recommendations for the Wisconsin Elections Commission and 18 issues the Legislature could consider.
The audit included a sample of 14,710 absentee ballot certificates cast in 29 municipalities to check them for the statutorily required information such as the signature of the voter and a witness....

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