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Wis. overseas voters could get ballots electronically

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin election officials will ask lawmakers to make it easier for more residents overseas to cast ballots.

The state Government Accountability Board recommended Tuesday that all overseas voters receive Wisconsin ballots electronically – not just military personnel and permanent foreign residents.

The change would allow vacationers and students to get ballots electronically while they’re out of the country, which they cannot do now.

Also, the Board voted to ask legislators to create one firm deadline for requesting absentee ballots.

It would be on the Thursday before the election. Right now, deadlines vary for military voters, those indefinitely confined, and the general public.

The elections’ panel asked lawmakers to drop a requirement that a U.S. citizen sign the return envelope for those ballots which are mailed to local clerks.