Wis­con­sin will accept absen­tee bal­lot envelopes with par­tial wit­ness address­es ahead of 2024 elec­tion

The Wis­con­sin Elec­tions Com­mis­sion pro­vid­ed new guid­ance Thurs­day that will allow state elec­tion offi­cials to accept absen­tee bal­lot envelopes that are miss­ing parts of wit­ness address infor­ma­tion. 
In a 5–1 vote, with Repub­li­can Com­mis­sion­er Bob Spin­dell vot­ing against it, the com­mis­sion decid­ed that clerks could accept absen­tee bal­lots with par­tial wit­ness infor­ma­tion so long as the wit­ness­es’ address­es are iden­ti­fi­able, the Wis­con­sin State Jour­nal report­ed. 
Dane Coun­ty Judge Ryan Nilsestuen’s rul­ing last month prompt­ed the elec­tions com­mis­sion to admin­is­ter the new guid­ance after two lib­er­al vot­ing advo­ca­cy groups filed law­suits claim­ing that people’s votes shouldn’t be inval­i­dat­ed because of a minor mis­take. Under the old guide­lines, clerks had to con­tact vot­ers to obtain prop­er wit­ness address infor­ma­tion before their vote could be count­ed.
Spin­dell report­ed­ly tried to amend the new rule by hav­ing vot­ers prove a pho­to ID before cor­rec­tions could be made to their absen­tee bal­lot but was unsuc­cess­ful, with all three Demo­c­ra­t­ic mem­bers vot­ing against the pro­pos­al.
The Repub­li­can-con­trolled leg­is­la­ture has appealed the court rul­ings. 
State Repub­li­cans pro­posed a bill in ear­ly Feb­ru­ary that …