More than 205,000 voters have been removed from rolls in Wisconsin, election officials said Wednesday, according to the Associated Press.
According to the AP, officials described the move as “part of routine work to keep the state’s registration lists up to date.”
Speaking Wednesday, officials said 174,307 voter registrations had been deactivated the week before “because the voters hadn’t cast a ballot in four years and didn’t respond to a mailing,” the AP reported.
“They said they are required by law every two years to identify registered voters who haven’t voted in the previous four years and deactivate them unless they wish to remain registered,” the AP’s report added.
“Many questions have been raised”
Another 31,854 voter registrations were deactivated after the voters similarly failed to respond to a mailer meant to identify voters that moved in the state. Those mailers were first sent out to some 230,000 voters in 2019, the AP reported.
That roughly 205,000 voters have since been wiped from the rolls is significant. Notably, President Joe Biden won the state of Wisconsin by just over 20,000 votes, according to the AP.
Now, as more than 10 times that number of voter registrations have been canceled, some are calling for a forensic audit of the 2020 presidential election results in that state, similar to one out of Arizona’s Maricopa County.
According to the Republican speaker of the Wisconsin state House, however, that’s not in the cards.
“Many questions have been raised about the November election that expose weaknesses and faults in our current election system,” Robin Vos said in a statement. “To restore full integrity and trust in elections, we have decided to change direction, giving more authority and independence to [Wisconsin Supreme Court] Justice [Michael] Gableman.”
Vos also said he was moving to declare Gableman a special counsel and “giving him the authority to hire more full-time investigators who will work at his direction.”
The bottom line
Republicans in the state do share the concerns of conservatives across the country worried about voter fraud. However, the consensus is that voting irregularities they believe may have occurred were not enough to overturn Biden’s win in the state.
Instead, GOP leaders are working to ensure accuracy in future elections. The updated voting list is a clear path to making this happen.