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UPDATE: A Wisconsin appeals court on Oct. 28, 2022 is refusing to block a lower court’s ruling prohibiting voters who already submitted an absentee ballot from voiding it and voting again, a rarely used practice known as ballot spoiling. (FULL STORY) The issue arose this spring when multiple candidates dropped out of statewide races after early voting already had begun.


KAUKAUNA — Roughly 140,000 voters had already cast their absentee ballots by the time news broke this past week about big shakeups in the upcoming primary.

Tom Nelson, Alex Lasry and Sarah Godlweski all dropping out of the U.S. Senate race and are endorsing Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes.

On the Republican side, Kevin Nicholson ended his bid to win the Republican primary for governor.

That may leave some voters wishing they had a chance to re-do their vote.

And there was until an Oct. 29, 2022 court ruling banned the practice.

A long-standing rule in Wisconsin, called ballot spoiling, allows voters to recast their votes up to three times.

According to the Wisconsin elections commission, voters who have already returned an absentee ballot by mail may request in writing that their returned absentee ballot be spoiled so they can vote a new one.  

Voters may appear in person at their clerk’s office until the end of in-person absentee voting hours and ask to have that ballot spoiled so the clerk can issue a new absentee ballot which can be voted in-person.  

Specific deadlines apply, so it’s best to call the city clerk’s office in Kaukauna at (920) 766-6378.

Early voting in person by absentee ballot is currently under way in Kaukauna for the Aug. 9, 2022 primary.

Voting runs until Aug. 5 (M-F; 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) at the clerk’s office at the Muncipal Services Building.

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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.