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Potential voter purge could impact thousands across North Central Wisconsin

NORTH CENTRAL WISCONSIN (WAOW) -- An Ozaukee County judge ruled that 234,000 voters are no longer eligible to vote.

Out of the 234,000 voters, roughly 16,000 people could potentially be impacted in North Central Wisconsin.

In October, the Wisconsin Election Commission sent letters to people who were flagged as having moved or potentially moved to a new address. State law says voters only have 30 days to respond to the mailing. If they didn't respond, the judge ruled they will be deactivated from voting.

While the process could still be appealed, if it goes into effect, Marathon County would see around 5,000 residents impacted, and Stevens Point would be just over 1,000 people.

"If the state does not appeal, or if the appeal would not be upheld, that 1,072 people would be automatically removed from the voter rolls and from the poll books in the city of Stevens Point by the state," Stevens Point City Clerk Paul Piotrowski said.

With several major elections coming up soon, it's important to make sure that you check your voter registration status.

"All these things that will affect you, whether you choose to vote or not are on the ballots," Piotrowski said. "So if you want your opinion to count you need to vote."

If you need to register to vote or check your current voter registration status, you can do so by clicking here.

This is how the numbers break down by county:

Marathon: Roughly 5,000

Portage: 3,030

Wood: Roughly 2,000

Oneida: 1,375

Lincoln: 955

Clark: 754

Langlade: 626

Vilas: 615

Taylor: 566

Price: 355

Forest: 284

Rashad Williams

News 9 Reporter

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