Voter registration mailing creates confusion

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APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) – The City of Appleton saw 88 percent of its eligible voters cast a ballot in the last presidential election.

But in this election cycle, voters are expressing some confusion because of an outside group’s mailing list, which says they may not be registered.

“We’ve been getting a lot of them back in the mail saying, ‘Hey, I already registered in April. We don’t know what’s going on. This person is deceased,” Appleton City Clerk Kami Lynch said.

City officials believe 1,800 residents received the mailing.

Wisconsin Elections Commission spokesman Reid Magney believes these types of mailing lists don’t use the most reliable information.

“If they help register voters that can be a good thing. However, they also can contain misinformation, and that causes confusion for voters and it can cause extra work for clerks,” Magney said.

Action 2 News spoke with the Democratic and Republican parties in Outagamie County about their Get Out of the Vote efforts.

“We have calling sheets that are listed here for all of our candidates. We do canvassing during the week and on weekends, door-to-door in different districts,” Dottie LeClair with the Democratic Party of Outagamie County said.

The parties say they knock on doors because it gives them one-on-one interaction.

“Weekends we have as much as 190 people out in the field doing doors, and in a person-to-person thing you don’t tend to make as many mistakes in getting them out,” Jim Duncan with the Outagamie County Republican Party said.

The city clerk says the easiest way to find out if you’re registered to vote is to go online to myvote.wi.gov.

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