The Wisconsin Elections Commission has set the rules for absentee ballot witness addresses this year.
The Commission on Friday sent a note to the state’s election clerks, explaining what legally passes for an address on an absentee ballot witness slip. The Commission says any address that includes a house number and a street name should be counted, even if the city, state, and zip code are missing. A Dane County judge last month ordered new guidance on absentee ballots after he struck down the state law that dealt with witness addresses. The judge said that law was inconsistent. Republican lawmakers say the new rules from the Commission open-up a possibility for voter fraud.