State of Wisconsin de-registers 68,120 voters

Submitted by John on Thu, 08/15/2019 - 17:10

One of my side projects is to monitor the status of voter registrations in the state of Wisconsin. While it is not my permanent home, I do have a familial connection to the state, and as a matter of fact, I am sitting in the Northwoods area of Wisconsin as I write this post. 

This past month, the Wisconsin Election Comission announced that their four year maintenance deadline would be enforced on July 31st, 2019. Resulting in the de-registering of voters who had not responded with an "Applications for Continuation of Registration." After the deadline, the August 1st report posted by The Comission of the current number of registered voters was 3,346,021. This is 68,120 fewer than the previous month's number in July.

While nothing is wrong with keeping the rolls up to date, it happens all the time, and this was as scheduled event. But one might question the need for this when the state de-registered almost half a million voters following the 2016 election. The overall trends in the US appears to be making voting more difficult for everyone, and for people who might only vote during a presidential election, if they missed the last one, they will need to register again to vote in the next. I have updated these latest numbers in my voter registration tracking chart, which is available in the previous link.