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Some Voters Unhappy With Personal Info Filled Absentee Ballot Apps


MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WTAQ) - At least some Wisconsin voters were not happy to receive applications for absentee ballots with their personal information all filled in.

The Republican Governors Association mailed out the applications, in the hopes that people would give them to their local clerks and vote early for Scott Walker.

The Milwaukee Election Commission got about 15 complaints from people, and a city alderman asked about it as well. Director Sue Edman said some folks thought the mailing came from the city, which it didn’t. And some were upset that the commission gave their personal information to the Republicans, which didn’t happen either.

Chris Schrimpf of the Republican Governors Association said his group hasn’t received any complaints. He said the voters’ information was obtained legally – and his group was sensitive to privacy concerns by hiding the information inside a flap so nobody could see it as it was being mailed.

He said the blanks were filled in for the voters’ convenience, so they wouldn’t have to write it in themselves. Schrimpf also said the flier made it clear that Republican governors’ group paid for the mailing – which also contains an attack on Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett.