Dane County: Voters may cast absentee ballot as indefinitely confined to avoid voter ID requirement

Wisconsin State Journal,  March 26, 2020

Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell on Wednesday gave all Dane County voters the go-ahead to indicate they are indefinitely confined to avoid having to upload their voter ID when requesting an absentee ballot due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The recommendation, which he said is legal, comes as some older voters have complained they aren’t able to upload their photo IDs electronically, which is a general requirement to request an absentee ballot.

It’s not clear whether McDonell’s recommendation is actually legal, however. Wisconsin law says people can certify they are indefinitely confined due to “age, illness, infirmity or disability.”

By Riley Vetterkind

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