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The Wisconsin Elections Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday to delay the deactivation of voters who appear to have moved.

The decision means Wisconsin voters whom election officials believe no longer live at their registered address will have as many as two years, as opposed to a month, before their voter registration will be revoked.

Wisconsin, as part of ERIC, a national partnership aiming to improve the accuracy of voter registration data, sends voters postcards in the mail to verify their address if they are believed to no longer reside there.

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If the voter doesn’t respond, the voter’s registration is eventually deactivated. But the program has previously run into trouble. A small number of voters who had not moved were required to register again.

As part of the ERIC program, the Elections Commission in 2018 first deactivated 308,000 voters from the rolls.

Under the commission’s new plan, deactivation will take place between 12 and 24 months, giving voters more time to comply.

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