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Does absentee voting increase risk of voter fraud?

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - With the Aug. 11 Wisconsin primary election nearly here and the November presidential election only a few months out, some voters are concerned that increased mail-in voting may result in more voter fraud.

With the pandemic still raging on, many voters are opting for avoiding the polls altogether, instead choosing to mail in their ballots.

Some are worried that because voting won't occur in-person, it will be difficult for clerks to confirm voter identities, leading to increased risks of voter fraud.

However, the Eau Claire city clerk said the chance of absentee voter fraud is highly unlikely.

"With the proof of residence combined with the photo I.D. and our tracking processes, it makes it difficult for someone that isn't that person to request a ballot," said Carrie Riepl. "Then we're also tracking it along the way to make sure that same person returns the ballot."

The Wisconsin Election Commission reports that as of Monday, over 300,000 mail-in ballots have been received across the state. Riepl said nearly 7,000 ballots have been mailed out in Eau Claire; the typical August election turnout is 6,000.

If you choose to vote in-person, Eau Claire County has enacted several steps to make sure voting is a safe process; including drive-thru voting, social distancing and disinfecting.

Riepl added the county is in need of more poll workers for the November election, as the typical older demographic of poll workers is an at-risk population. For information on how to become a poll worker, call the City Elections Office is 715-839-4913.

McKenna Alexander

McKenna Alexander is the weekend anchor and a multimedia journalist for News 18. She started in June 2019. She was born in San Francisco, but spent the majority of her life growing up in Dallas.

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