Did You Get The Memo? Wisconsin Voters Should Mail Their Absentee Ballots in AFTER the Election

Thank God for the teachers that taught the Wisconsin voters how to read! After a ballot application flyer was sent out to at least two heavily Democratic districts by the Wisconsin chapter of Americans for Prosperity, a number of keen constituents noticed some interesting “errors” that would actually prevent their vote from being counted. According to Alternet:

“Important Senate Recall Election in your area soon!” announces the ballot application flyer, which was sent to voters in at least two districts where recall votes are taking place on Aug. 9. Applicants are then instructed that their absentee ballots must be received by the city clerk by August 13. The address for the “Absentee Ballot Application Processing Center” on the return envelope is a Madison post office box, 1327, that is the mailing address for Wisconsin Family Action, a religious-right group that is virulently anti-gay, and was a vocal supporter of Wisconsin’s 2006 anti-same-sex-marriage ballot measure, which passed into law.

As Stephen Colbert explains in a little rhyme he cooked up to help folks remember when their ballot forms are due according to AFP:

On August 11th, make your selection that’s just two days after the actual election.

AFP doesn’t see the big deal in any of this, though. “It was really just a typo,” said Matt Seaholm, the State Director for Americans for Prosperity (Colbert made a typo and called him Matt Sheldon – on purpose? I don’t know.)

“The charges on the other side are simply just to distract from the issues,” said Seaholm.

Really? It seems like the only folks confused are the Americans for Prosperity who committed the same election date “typo” twice and submittal address “typo” twice. And as Colbert points out:

A typo!  I accidentally put 11 when I mean 9 all the time, because 1 and 9 are so close to each other on the keyboard!

The Memo:

Dear (Voter),

Important Senate Recall Election in your area soon!

Enclosed, please find an application for an absentee ballot. As a member of Americans for Prosperity who lives in a district where one of the eight state senate recall elections are taking place in August 2011, we wanted to make sure it as easy as possible for you and one other person in your home to vote.

Please follow the 4-step process:

Step 1: Fill out the attached application for an absentee ballot today (be sure to sign the application)

Step 2: Mail your application to: Absentee Ballot Application Processing Center, P.O. Box 1327, Madison, WI 53701-1327.

Step 3: When you receive your absentee ballot from your city clerk, fill it out immediately.

Step 4: Mail in your completed absentee ballot which must be received by your city clerk on the Thursday of the week before the general election (your clerk will provide instructions)

If you intend to apply for the absentee ballot to vote, please fill out the application and mail it today

More so than ever before, the control of the State Senate is in your hands. I strongly encourage you to vote early and let your voice be heard.

Thank you

Matt Seaholm

State Director

Steps Listed on the Envelope:

Step 1: Fill out the attached application for an absentee ballot today (be sure to sign the application)

Step 2: Mail your application to: Absentee Ballot Application Processing Center, P.O. Box 1327, Madison, WI 53701-1327.

Step 3: When you receive your absentee ballot from your city clerk, fill it out immediately.

Step 4: Mail in your completed absentee ballot which must be received by your city clerk before August 11.