Should late Amber Pflughoeft's vote be counted? Wisconsin law dubbed 'cruel' for canceling 20-year-old's ballot

Amber had been suffering from bone cancer for over a decade but just days before her death, she was 'excited' to be able to cast her vote


                            Should late Amber Pflughoeft's vote be counted? Wisconsin law dubbed 'cruel' for canceling 20-year-old's ballot
Amber Pflughoeft (Children's Wisconsin)

The ballot of a 20-year-old Wisconsin woman, who was suffering from bone cancer, is reportedly canceled under the election law as she died only a few days after mailing in her vote. Amber Pflughoeft was said to have been “excited” when she got the opportunity to fill her ballot for the first time in the Milwaukee suburb of West Bend, nearly a month ago. 

Her mother Tiffany Pflughoeft said that Amber, who had been suffering from bone cancer for over a decade, was “fascinated” with politics, CNN reported. During the last midterm election, Amber was in the hospital following a bone marrow transplant procedure, hence she was determined to cast her vote in the 2020 elections. Her condition is said to have worsened suddenly and she succumbed to the illness in late September. 

However, her vote will not be counted despite an early ballot as Wisconsin election law has reportedly decided to “throw” it out. According to the state Elections Commission data provided to CNN through a public records request, several dozen Wisconsinites’ votes from before they died will be canceled. 

Amber’s mom said, “She was so excited about it. She died on a Monday, but on Saturday, when she could still talk, she was telling all the nurses and doctors, 'I voted.’ We never realized it wouldn’t count.”

Recent research conducted by the National Conference of State Legislatures has noted that states across the nations are divided over counting the votes of people who cast an early ballot and die before the elections. While at least a dozen takes into consideration the early ballots of those who have died, another dozen wouldn’t allow it. Meanwhile, laws in other states are unclear. Among the states that don’t count the votes of people who cast an early ballot and die before the election day are Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. While reports suggest that Arizona, Florida, Georgia and Ohio do count such votes. 

The fact that Wisconsin has canceled Amber’s vote under the election law has sparked fury among the Internet users, who have called on the Election Commission for showing kindness towards voters who cast their votes but die before the final elections. One tweeted, "Amber Pflughoeft 20, cast her vote before dying. Her vote invalid according to Wisconsin law. Our laws have become cruel and cynical. How about a little kindness for the kids! Seriously, WTF is wrong with this country?"

While another insisted that her vote should be counted. The tweet read, "The Amber Pflughoeft Honorary Exemption. The Wisconsin Legislature should convene, pass a special LAW so her ballot would count. ‘She was so excited about it mother told CNN. On Saturday she was telling all the nurses & doctors, 'I VOTED' Retweet if you agree #AmberPflughoeft." Adding to the previous tweets one said, "Shame to throw out votes of folks who voted early..... Amber Pflughoeft has every right to have her vote counted SHAME ...." Another opined, "A young Amber Pflughoeft votes before she passes away and her vote gets thrown out but we let a bunch of people who will statistically be dying in the next 5-7 years decide the fate of the country? Crazy."



 



 



 



 

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