The Federal Voting Assistance Program website published an incorrect
deadline for the return of returning military ballots in Wisconsin. Had
this error not been corrected, thousands of Wisconsin servicemen and
women could have been disenfranchised in this key swing state this
The FVAB website incorrectly stated ballots must be returned by
November 16. The actual deadline is 4 p.m. November 9. Any military
ballots received in that intervening week would not have been counted by
local and state election officials.
MacIver News Service contacted the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board about the error on Tuesday and requested comment.
"All Wisconsin absentee ballots are due by 4 p.m. the Friday after
the election. The FVAP site was incorrect," said Reid Magney, GAB
spokesman in an emailed response to the inquiry.
Ballots must be postmarked no later than Election Day, which in 2012 is Tuesday, November 6th.
According to their website, The FVAP provides U.S. citizens worldwide
a broad range of non-partisan information and assistance to facilitate
their participation in the democratic process – regardless of where they
work or live. The FVAP also administers the Federal responsibilities of
the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), which designates armed
forces recruiting offices nationwide as voter registration agencies
allowing eligible U.S. citizens to apply for voter registration, or
apply to change voter registration data.