Wisconsin panel split on mailing voter absentee applications

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MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin election officials delayed a decision Wednesday on whether to mail absentee ballot applications to voters who haven’t requested one even as President Donald Trump is threatening to pull funding from other states that have adopted similar initiatives.

The state Election Commission was set to vote on a plan to spend $2.1 million in federal pandemic stimulus money to send applications to 2.7 million voters. But the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Democrats and Republicans on the panel split on how many people should get the ballot applications.

The Republican chairman of the commission showed support for sending the applications to some voters, but not as many voters as Democrats on the panel want.

The commission meets again in about a week.