Wis. election head to encourage voter registration

A new website will deliver absentee ballots online to citizens overseas

Wisconsin’s top elections official is encouraging everyone eligible to vote to register for the Nov. 6 presidential election and is touting new technology to help them do that.

Wisconsin Government Accountability Board Director Kevin Kennedy planned a Tuesday news conference to discuss voter registration.

The board last week launched a new website designed to deliver absentee ballots securely online to members of the military and U.S. citizens living overseas. The site was created to be in compliance with federal law.

Kennedy says the new system ensures that ballots will be received by eligible voters overseas so they can be returned by mail and counted in time. Ballots aren’t allowed to be returned electronically.

In 2008, nearly 6,500 military and overseas voter absentee ballots were counted in the state.