So When Can the Republicans Stop Claiming It Was By Mistake?

Posted October 8th, 2012 @ 8:08 AM by

Guess who is sending out confusing mailers which could lead to a voter being unable to vote? It’s the Wisconsin Republican party! Big surprise huh?

In the town of Albion, new residents and young people who have just reached voting age usually drop by the town clerk’s office to register to vote.

But this year, the town’s part-time clerk, Julie Hanewall, has received about 30 registration applications by mail, and more are arriving almost every day.

The strange thing is, the applications weren’t mailed in by town residents. They were sent by people who live in Madison and other Dane County communities. Hanewall forwards the papers to the correct municipal clerk, but she worries that as Election Day grows closer, some may not arrive on time.

“I feel sorry for these people who are being misled,” Hanewall said.

The source of the misdirected applications is the Republican Party of Wisconsin.

Now, the Wisconsin Republican party has said all the right things about this being just some mistake. But check this (from the same article above):

In 2008 and 2010, the city of Madison was flooded with hundreds of the state GOP’s incorrectly addressed registration and absentee ballot application forms from people all over the state, said City Clerk Maribeth Witzel-Behl.

“Whenever there’s a November election we see it,” Witzel-Behl said. “It was really overwhelming in 2008.”

At the busiest time of the year for the clerk’s office, staff had the additional task of mailing the errant forms to the correct clerk, Witzel-Behl said.

Consistent “mistakes” for the third election in a row?


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