Documentation - WI out of compliance:
Letter from FVAP 3/13/17
Relevant WI Statutes:
6.10(1) - residence defined
6.24(1) - overseas voter defined
Wisconsin denies voting rights to those who are temporarily overseas.
According to federal law (UOCAVA), overseas voters are eligible to use the federal write-in absentee ballot, have their ballot sent electronically, and must not be subject to extra ID requirements.
However, Wisconsin law allows only permanent overseas voters to have these rights. See letter from the US Department of Defense' Federal Voting Assistance Program dated March 13, 2017.
Instead of conforming to federal law, Wisconsin Elections Commission states: "*Note: If an individual is temporarily overseas on Election Day, that individual may register and vote like any other elector and is NOT considered an overseas elector.*"
Also see page 89 of the WEC Election Administration Manual.
"Note: If an individual is temporarily overseas on Election Day (for example, a student studying abroad), that individual may register and vote like any other absentee elector and is not considered an overseas elector."
Permanently Overseas Voters
Temporarily Overseas Voters, who intend to return
* Currently being reviewed by the court of appeals.
FWAB is the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot. It does not have names on the ballot, only offices.
FPCA is the Federal Post Card Application. This can be used to register and also to request an absentee ballot.“Desired new legislation” would result in two differences between permanently overseas and temporarily overseas voters. Temporarily overseas voters would be able to vote for all offices (federal, state, and local) as they do now; and would be subject to the same proof of residence requirements when registering as regular voters, as they are now.
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