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Monday, November 7, 2016

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Elections Commission: Nearly 100,000 more absentee ballots cast than in 2012

More than 100,000 additional absentee ballots already have been cast in Wisconsin compared to four years ago, shattering the old record, according to the latest update from the Wisconsin Elections Commission.

Municipal clerks have now received 797,740 absentee ballots, including 650,782 cast in person.

Four years ago, clerks received more than 664,597 absentee ballots by the Friday after the election, the Elections Commission said.

This year, absentee ballots have to be received by the close of the polls on Election Day. The latest Elections Commission update showed 828,248 absentee ballots had been requested, meaning the final number of absentee ballots cast could climb higher.

The deadline for voters to request absentee ballots to be sent to them was Thursday, while Sunday was the final day in-person early voting was allowed.

Elections Commission spokesman Reid Magney said there are still some people, such as those who are hospitalized, who still can request an absentee ballot be brought to them. But it must be returned by 8 p.m. tomorrow.

Magney also said the absentee ballot will be updated again, and the numbers likely will change because some clerks have no caught up entering the data into the state's system.

-- By JR Ross

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