Does Wisconsin governor's "safer at home" order mean voters are indefinitely confined?

Wisconsin State Journal,  March 28, 2020

A Friday memo from the nonpartisan Legislative Reference Bureau says Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell and Milwaukee County Clerk George Christenson misinterpreted state elections laws when they encouraged voters to indicate on their absentee ballot they are indefinitely confined due to the pandemic, allowing them to avoid having to upload a photo ID.

Wisconsin law says people can certify they are indefinitely confined due to “age, illness, infirmity or disability," but the memo states the stay at home order "does not render all Wisconsin residents indefinitely confined." ...

"The intent of the statute is to allow voters who are indefinitely confined due to the COVID-19 virus to vote if they can’t get a state ID or don’t have the ability to copy their state ID without leaving home," David Cault, Dane County's Corporation Counsel, said in an email to McDonell. "It is totally consistent with the language and spirit of the Governor’s safer at home order."

By Mitchell Schmidt

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