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Many here who are Wisconsin residents are familiar with the law suit brought by the WI A.G. that forces the state to go back and check to make sure the voter rolls going back to 2006 match up with registration data.  This past Sunday in the Wisconsin State Journal their was a front page article about concerns that the databases is going to be full of errors and lead to big problems come election day.  I think I personally have run up against one such error, and it gives me concern for myself come election day.

The story mentioned a website that people could go to and check their status.  It can be found here:

Voter Public Access

It's super easy and literally takes a minute or two.

Now I've lived in Verona since 2001.  My wife and I registered to vote in Verona when we moved there and we've voted in pretty much every election since that time.  However, when I checked the state's database, the only addresses that were there were the two addresses that I lived at prior to moving to Verona.  The database told me that those two addresses were "inactive" with respect to my voter registration which is correct.  However, there was no entry for my current residence.  Oddly enough, I checked my wife's name and her registration info was up to date.

Yesterday morning I checked in at our city hall with the city clerk.  She checked her master registration list and found my name on her roll as expected.  She really didn't know for sure why that information wouldn't be in the state's database other than the possibility that they are still way behind in getting everybody's up to date information uploaded into the system.

I expressed my concern that I was going to have a problem voting on election day, but she didn't see why I should have any problems.  My concern is that there will be a GOP operative at our polling place looking for discrepancies in the state database vs the town's voter rolls. I guess I'll just have to wait and see if that is the case.

So, I would suggest everyone check their registration status with the state's database and if your current registration is missing head on over to your city clerk and check to make sure that you are on their voter roll.  I also brought up the A.G.'s law suit.  Her response was (paraphrased) "this is not the time to be going back over and checking all the registration data."  It's just going to cause a giant mess.

I have to say, that I'm more than a little concerned that there are going to be a lot of problems around the state come election day.

Originally posted to madmsf on Thu Oct 02, 2008 at 07:09 AM PDT.

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