NEWS & ANALYSIS

Wisconsin Deactivates 200,000+ ‘Ghosted’ Voters


More than a whopping 200,000 people in Wisconsin are being deactivated from the state’s voter registration list, but they are not being permanently dropped. 

According to the Wisconsin Elections Committee, it deactivated 205,000 people from the state’s voter rolls, per Just the News. The deactivated voters went full ghost mode, failing to respond to mail or vote in the last four years. 

“The first group of more than 174,000 voters we deactivated have not voted in the past four years and did not respond to a mailing,” Elections Commission Administrator Meagan Wolfe said. 

Another 31,000 voters were deactivated because they moved. 

The Elections Committee sent postcards to nearly 187,000 voters who hadn’t voted in years. Only 6 percent of voters responded and kept their voter registration. That comes out to 12,000, approximately. 

Nearly 63,000 postcards came back as undeliverable, while 112,000 voters didn’t respond at all. 

Rep. Janel Brandtjen, who is leading the review of the 2020 election, urged that deactivated is not the same as dropped. 

“There are a lot of people who are on Wisconsin’s voter registration list, and a lot of them are simply inactive,” she said. 

Indeed, anyone who is inactive can become active again by re-registering.