WISCONSIN APPROVED A measure to send absentee ballot applications to 2.7 million voters in the state ahead of the general election.
The state’s Election Commission unanimously approved the measure and ballots for the November election will go to all registered voters in Wisconsin except voters who have already requested an absentee ballot or have moved and haven’t confirmed their address, an official with the commission told CNN.
The commission also approved a grant for each municipality of $200 plus an additional $1.10 per each registered voter to cover costs. Ballots in Wisconsin will be mailed in August, according to CNN.
The coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 1.7 million people in the U.S. and killed more than 100,600, has prompted several states to implement or consider implementing mail-in balloting. However, President Donald Trump has claimed that voting by mail is vulnerable to fraud – assertions challenged by analysts and elections officials.
The president tweeted on Thursday that cases of fraud surround mail-in ballots and that absentee ballots will lead “our election process [to] become badly tainted & a laughingstock all over the world.”
Wisconsin held its in-person primary in early April on the orders of the state Supreme Court as the coronavirus spread across the country and Democratic Gov. Tony Evers attempted to postpone voting. Health experts criticized the move and the state’s health department announced a few weeks later that at least 52 people who voted in person or worked at polls tested positive for COVID-19.