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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

 12:14 PM 

Long lines in Arbor Vitae, Kenosha

State election officials have received complaints of long lines in Arbor Vitae in the 12th SD and Kenosha in the 22nd. But things are going smoothly otherwise with a fairly high turnout, GAB Director Kevin Kennedy says.

Kennedy said the Government Accountability Board has advised officials in Arbor Vitae and Kenosha to split up the poll books to create more lines when voters check in and speed up the process.

He also said the Kenosha County DA has received complaints of electioneering at some polling sites, largely because of bumper stickers on cars. No electioneering is allowed within 100 feet of a polling place.

Kennedy said officials in reality aren't going to enforce the ban on someone pulling into a parking lot to vote and then leave. The issue is when cars are parked in front of polling sites intentionally with political messages and left there for the day.

He also said some of the complaints are over bumper stickers calling for the recall of Gov. Scott Walker. But such messages aren't covered by the electioneering ban since the guv isn't on the ballot today.

A coalition of groups including the Election Defense Alliance, the Wisconsin Wave and Protect California Ballots announced it has trained volunteers to conduct exit polling in both Senate districts. The groups don't believe electronic voting machines are accurate and have been conducting exit polling during the recall elections.

There was a conflict in the Milwaukee suburb of Milwaukee last week, and the GAB has received other complaints about exit polling volunteers. But Kennedy said he's heard of no issues so far today.

-- By JR Ross

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