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Accountability Board officials state database discrepancies can't stop voters

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New Richmond, 54017

New Richmond Wisconsin 127 South Knowles Avenue 54017

Local officials cannot stop Wisconsinites from voting, just because their personal information shows up differently in various government databases.

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The state's Government Accountability Board told the Milwaukee Elections Commission that it's not enough to challenge a person's right to vote just because a person may have something like a given first name on one database and a nickname on another.

The federal Help America Vote Act requires local clerks to compare a voter's personal information with things like driver's license and hunting records. Discrepancies are flagged for further investigation.

But the board now says a simple mismatch is not enough to stop people from voting.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has sued the accountability board, saying it must double-check the data of 241,000 registered voters since the start of 2006.

The board says the checks have only had to be done since August of this year.

A judge in Madison will decide next Thursday whether to dismiss the suit, as requested by Democrats and labor unions.

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