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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

 1:21 PM 

Few problems reported so far

GAB Director Kevin Kennedy said election officials are seeing a few hiccups around the state, but nothing too out of the ordinary.

Kennedy said he’s heard complaints that some poll workers have been asking for voters’ drivers licenses before allowing people to vote even though the voter ID law was put on hold by two Dane County judges in separate lawsuits.

The state has appealed those decisions.

“Where those questions come up, you get back to the clerk and say tell your poll workers to stop it,” Kennedy said.

The agency has also fielded complaints that GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney offered free subs to people who vote.

Romney stopped at a Cousins Subs in Waukesha today and was behind the counter handing out sandwiches.

A WisPolitics.com reporter who covered the event did not hear Romney make such an offer, but also was not within earshot the entire time the former guv was behind the counter. It is illegal in Wisconsin to offer anything of value in exchange for someone voting.

In Milwaukee, about 10 to 12 voters were mistakenly removed from the poll books after postcards mailed to their homes came back undeliverable, said Sue Edman, executive director of the Election Commission.

Edman said the commission went more than 150,000 notifications to voters that their voting sites had moved. Those that came back undeliverable were pulled from the rolls.

“We found out some of these people actually still live there,” she said.

Edman said she planned to follow up with the U.S. Post Office to find out why those cards came back undeliverable.

“The biggest problem we’re seeing today is people are voting in the presidential preference contest and voting for a Republican and a Democrat,” she said. “That’s causing some confusion at polling sites. We’re getting the word out at sites that they can only vote for one in this contest, not both a Republican and a Democrat.”

Election workers also had to reconstruct some absentee ballots because of formatting problems. Election officials discovered the problems earlier and had absentee ballots reprinted. The old ones that come back and do not work with vote counting machines are being reconstructed by poll workers before being fed to the machines. Edman said the process is being done in the open with observers in place to watch.

-- By JR Ross

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