Primaries in Wisconsin are being held on Feb. 21, which obviously means any redistricting glitches will have to be cleaned up by then. And by glitches, I mean major errors. And by major errors, I mean redistricting maps that show Wisconsin voters residing in districts in– wait for it– Africa.
Thousands of voters are affected by various, er, re-locations, due to inaccuracies in data from the U.S. Census Bureau and also the way voters are being assigned to districts by the state.
Madison – Clerks in the state are scrambling to assign voters to the right districts after last summer’s redrawing of legislative maps, with changes to the process putting voters in incorrect locations across town or even across the Atlantic Ocean.
The problems could add to the confusion for voters who may already be affected by the redistricting law approved by legislators last summer. [...]
“We’re not only changing and moving districts, we’re changing the system beneath it,” said Julie Glancey, the Sheboygan County clerk. “We had many, many voters who showed up (on the computer map) on the coast of Africa and we had to drag them back to the state of Wisconsin and put them where they belonged.“
Just what we need, more voter confusion, leading to fewer able to cast a ballot. Voter suppression is already, at least potentially, taking a toll.
But on a lighter note, move over, President Obama, we’re all Kenyans now… even some of the fools who challenged your citizenship.