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Election Day Updates

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Date: 
November 8, 2016

The Wisconsin Elections Commission will be updating this page throughout the day with news about any issues reported at polling places.

11 a.m. -- No major issues have been reported so far. The phones are busy but manageable. Many of the callers are simply looking for their polling place or have questions about acceptable proof of residence or photo ID.  We have had several callers who would like their ballot counted by hand even though their municipality uses voting equipment and we have indicated that the ballots must be tallied by the equipment.  As usual, a few of the early calls involved setting up polling places or voting equipment issues.  A couple of clerks notified us that they needed to use a back-up cartridge for their voting equipment because the election inspectors had made an error in the initial set-up.  Fortunately the vendor had planned ahead and made available extra cartridges due to the number of municipalities using that equipment for the first time at a high turnout election.

5 p.m. -- Voting continues relatively smoothly in Wisconsin.

  • The City of Madison obtained a court order to extend voting until 9 p.m. at East High School due to a fire alarm and a late opening earlier in the day that caused some voters to be turned away from the polling place. That is the only court-ordered extension to voting hours we are aware of.
  • We have heard reports of long lines in a few locations, notably UW-Eau Claire.
  • More than 20,000 Election Day registrations have been processed through the MyVote.WI.gov website alone today. The site allows voters to fill out the registration form online so it can be printed and signed. The information is saved in the system so it doesn't have to be retyped later. We believe that a number of polling places are using MyVote instead of filling out paper forms by hand.
  • We are aware of isolated instances of people being unable to register due to not having proper proof-of-residence documentation and not able to vote due to not having an acceptable photo ID.  At this time we do not have any numbers, but the number of provisional ballots cast will be a good indicator.

 

For more information, contact: 

Reid Magney, Public Information Officer, 608-267-7887, reid.magney@wi.gov