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GAB won't seek deadline extension for overseas voters to return ballots


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The head of Wisconsin’s elections agency says it will not ask a judge to extend the deadline for the state’s military and overseas voters to return their ballots.

Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney asked the state’s Government Accountability Board to extend the deadline, after 58 communities were late in sending their November ballots overseas.

All of the affected ballots were sent out by the end of Monday – and Board director Kevin Kennedy says voters will have time to mail the ballots back to their local clerks by the state’s deadline of November 9th.

The Romney campaign has filed similar complaints in Michigan, Vermont, and Mississippi. Romney spokesman Ryan Williams says his campaign is considering a lawsuit against Wisconsin over the matter.

Reid Magney of the accountability board said any details in mailing overseas ballots was relatively short – and clerks were more successful in following the overseas ballot laws than in the past.