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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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Republicans file suit challenging redesigned ballot

Republicans filed suit this morning in Waukesha County court challenging a redesigned ballot to be used for the November election, arguing it unfairly favors Dems.

The lawsuit, filed by the campaigns of Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, argues the new design will also cause confusion among voters and lead to undervotes.

The suit seeks a declaration the new ballot violates state law, a ban on the GAB requiring local clerks to use the new ballot template and an order for the elections agency to immediately tell municipalities they must use the old design.

The suit notes previous ballot templates typically had a shaded area at the top of each office for voters to consider. There are solid lines between the shaded box and the first candidate listed as well as lines between each candidate up for that office.

Under the new design, the office is not shaded and there is no line between the office up for election and the first candidate listed. Lines separate each candidate.

Dem candidates are listed first this year because President Obama won the state in 2012.

The GOP's suit points to GAB Director Kevin Kennedy's comments at a news conference yesterday in which he said he had some "quibbles with the way some of the things came out." But Kennedy also said any suggestion GAB staff had a partisan motivation in the redesign was "absurd."
SAMPLE BALLOTS FROM LAWSUIT

2014 general election ballot (new design)

2014 primary election ballot (using previous design)


-- By JR Ross


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