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Through the Wisconsin Elections Commission website Badger Voters, any political party or individual can pay for and access data about the status of absentee ballots, including whether a ballot was counted or disqualified. This information can be used to send out texts or calls to voters about the status of their ballot, according to a statement from the WEC sent to Wisconsin Watch. 

In the case that an absentee ballot is marked as “returned to be rejected,” the clerk can take two courses of action: return the ballot to the voter if there is enough time for an issue to be corrected, or have voter and witness come into the clerk’s office to correct the issue, according to the WEC. 

Voters can check the status of their own absentee ballots for free at the state’s website,


State of Wisconsin: Track My Ballot

State of Wisconsin: Badger Voters Frequently Asked Questions

DocumentCloud: Wisconsin Elections Commission response to absentee ballot question

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Erin Gretzinger joined Wisconsin Watch as a reporting intern in May 2022. She is a journalism and French major at UW-Madison and will graduate in spring 2023. Erin previously worked for the Wisconsin State Journal as a reporting intern and served as the 2021-22 editor-in-chief at The Badger Herald. She is a recipient of the Jon Wolman Scholarship, the Sigrid Schultz Scholarship and the Joseph Sicherman Award Fund for her academic and reporting work.