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In Wisconsin, and in every state, there are never more ballots than registered voters.

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The number of ballots cast in Wisconsin - and in every state - is by law smaller than the total number of registered voters in the state.In Wisconsin, “there are never more ballots than registered voters,” according to the Wisconsin Elections Commission. Because Wisconsin allows voters to register on Election Day, sometimes the new number of registered voters takes time to be updated from the number prior to Election Day. This delay has led to some false conclusions about the number of ballots received compared with the number of registered voters in the state.

As of November 1, 2020 Wisconsin had 3,684,726 registered voters. This number does not include voters who registered on Election Day.

According to the official Wisconsin Elections Commission Official Twitter, “Wisconsin has election day registration, which means that the VR[ voter registration] numbers some counties report in their unofficial results are not a true indicator of registration.”

Last updated Wednesday, November 4, 2020 2:59 PM EST

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Voter Registration Statistics - Wisconsin Elections Commission →