Major concerns over absentee ballots

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LA CROSSE/EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – People are encouraged to vote absentee this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, some voters are expressing concern about making sure their vote counts. First News at Nine’s Carla Rogner reports.

When Brock Knez received his absentee ballot in the mail. He noticed something was wrong.  Brock Knez of Prairie Lake said, “We have a Cameron address and our ballot was preprinted with the city and zip code for Chetek.”

Eau Claire City Clerk Carrie Riepl says this shouldn’t happen in Eau Claire because the city does not preprint envelopes.

Riepl said, “If you are concerned about the ballot you receive just call your municipal clerk and they will tell you how to fix it.”

Which is exactly what Knez did.

Knez said, “Her response was the ballot envelopes are preprinted due to the high demand of this election. If the Chetek address and zip code does not apply to you please feel free to white it out and write in your correct city and zip code.”

However, Knez says he fears using white out could invalidate his vote.

“We are in a battleground state and if things get contested, they could be picky about how the ballot is filled out,” said Knez.

Riepl said, “When the envelopes get to city hall, we check them to make sure all three sections are filled out and ready to go.”

If there’s is an issue with a ballot, Riepl says they would contact the voter.

“A lot of voters are concerned that their signature needs to match one on record. As long as your signature reasonably resembles they do not need to match exactly,” said Riepl.

Knez says he is working with the Wisconsin Elections Commission and hopes to get a new ballot by Election Day.

Voters can return an absentee ballot between now and 8 p.m. on November 3. Voters can check the status of their ballots at myvote.wi.gov.

In Eau Claire Carla Rogner, Fist News at Nine.

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