WI: Correct, by Slimmest of Margins

The GAB met on August 27th and, by the slimmest possible margin, rejected the proposal to relegate all un-matched voters to casting provisional ballots....

August 28, 2008

*Update of posting regarding Wisconsin's Government Accountability Board. 

The GAB met on August 27th and, by the slimmest possible
margin, rejected
the proposal to relegate all un-matched voters to casting provisional
ballots. 

The close vote was likely influenced by data released by the
GAB indicating that, since Wisconsin
started conducting "HAVA matches," 22% of voters didn't
match
.  That means that if the GAB hadn't
voted against the misguided proposal, nearly a quarter of voters submitting new
registrations or address changes would have been denied a regular ballot in
November based on typos, data entry mistakes, missing middle initials and other
trivial clerical errors.

Although local advocates expect the issue to crop up again
in 2009, this victory means that Wisconsin
voters are at least safe for the November election.