Milwaukee mayor raises concerns about deactivated voters

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett raised concerns that as many as 32,000 city voters have been mistakenly deactivated because of erroneous information but election officials say the number is much smaller.

Barrett sent a letter to Republican Gov. Scott Walker Wednesday explaining that inaccurate information from the state DMV and postal service led to the errors in the Electronic Registration Information Center.

Barrett says the problem came to the city’s attention last month during primary elections when about 100 people needed to re-register because they had been deactivated.

Voters are deactivated if they fail to vote in four years or move and don’t update or verify their address.

Elections Commission spokesman Reid Magney says “a substantial number” of voters moved and that officials believe only “a relatively small percentage” of voters were mistakenly deactivated.