When will Wisconsin be decided?
April 3rd, 2012
12:17 PM ET
2 years ago

When will Wisconsin be decided?

Waukesha, Wisconsin (CNN) - Wisconsin's elections spokesman pushed back against rumors a ballot snafu could make for a long primary night Tuesday.

"If there's a long night, it's not because it's ballot issues," said Reid Magney, public information officer at the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.

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Magney said election clerks tested their equipment ten days before primary day, and discovered ballots had been printed in the wrong size in Milwaukee, Dane and Portage Counties.

The ballots were then reprinted correctly, Magney said.

Milwaukee and Dane County - which covers the Madison area - are expected to boost Mitt Romney's totals, while Santorum is expected to do well in Portage County.

Magney said the Romney campaign had urged officials to test their equipment, but by that point the ballots had already been reprinted.

On Illinois' primary night, state officials discovered some ballots did not fit into the machines, which slowed the tabulation process.

Magney also downplayed two problems affecting absentee ballots.

He said some absentee ballots were sent out in the wrong size. Those ballots will be "remade" by poll workers throughout the day Tuesday.

"The poll workers open up the absentee ballot envelope, remove the ballot, and use it to mark a new blank ballot," Magney said of the wrong sized absentee ballots. "They do this throughout the day, so it shouldn't be an issue tonight when it comes time to count them."

In addition, some clerks sent out military and absentee ballots out late.

"The number is relatively small, and shouldn't impact counting tonight," Magney said.

–CNN Political Reporter Peter Hamby contributed to this report.

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Rick Santorum • Wisconsin
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. cali girl

    In November

    April 3, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  2. GI Joe

    Looks like a very low turnout - counting to 1000 should be easy.

    April 3, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Here's a fun little quiz:

    What's the most expensive thing the government can do?

    April 3, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  4. batjones

    Why is it that the only significant incidences of voter fraud have occurred by Republican party officials

    April 3, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  5. Obama Doubling down on Socialism

    batjones - Why is it that the only significant incidences of voter fraud have occurred by Republican party officials
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    hahaha... tell it to all the people doing prison time for pertetrating election fraud for the Democrats. ACORN ring any bells bozo?!

    April 3, 2012 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    I hope someone is keeping an eye on that GOP clerk in that one county last year who suddenly "discovered" enough votes last summer when WI conducted a recall election on state legislators. She "found" enough "lost" votes to turn the tide.

    April 3, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  7. Another Day in the Idiot Mines

    These primaries are just practice runs for when the GOBP tries to rig the election in November. The GOBP cult certainly can't win on the basis of personality, popularity or proven policy success.

    April 3, 2012 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  8. Lisa P

    I was going to vote for Romney because I actually would like to have a reasonable opponent for Obama in November but after two weeks of non-stop slimy ads ("I'm more anti-union than he is!") I've decided that Romney is just as bad as Santorum. A pox on both their houses - I'm endorsing the low GOP primary turnout trend and voting for Obama, even if it doesn't really matter this time.

    April 3, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  9. Obama Doubling down on Socialism

    Sniffit - Here's a fun little quiz:
    What's the most expensive thing the government can do?
    ==============================================
    Support deadbeats like you? Sorry, but you asked....

    April 3, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  10. Another Day in the Idiot Mines

    "hahaha... tell it to all the people doing prison time for pertetrating election fraud for the Democrats. ACORN ring any bells bozo?!"

    That would make you the bozo, bozo. The vast majority of recent vote-related criminal pleas or guilty verdicts have involved your GOBP cult. Looks like keeping up with the news is one of the many things you know nothing about;. And speaking of which, please list all those Dem and ACORN folks doing prison time. Oh wait, you can't because you're LYING.

    April 3, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Obama Doubling Down wrote:

    hahaha... tell it to all the people doing prison time for perpetrating election fraud for the Democrats. ACORN ring any bells bozo?!
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    No one from ACORN is in jail. Even it they were, they are neither appointed nor elected politicians holding public office. For example, the head of the state election commission in Indiana. The state official who surpervises all elections! Most of the GOP presidential primaries have had some serious problems and disputes. Especially FL and NV giving away their delegates on a winner take all basis, which is against Party rules.

    April 3, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  12. Fair is Fair

    "Why is it that the only significant incidences of voter fraud have occurred by Republican party officials"
    --------
    And just today, 4 democrat officials in Indiana were charged with voter fraud. Oddly, though, there's nary a mention on "the most trusted name in news".

    April 3, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  13. Mikey

    @Double down – No one from ACORN is in jail for voter fraud and if you stepped outside the Conserva-babble bubble for a while, you might have heard that the report on ACORN cleared them of wrongdoing, including in their voter registration programs... but, of course, the damage was already done.

    Please cite an actual case of voter fraud, other than the Republican in Coloardo, I think, who has been voting there but has no residence there. Also, wasn't Romney maintaining a "residence" in his son's unfinished basement and voting illegally in MA?

    Cite a case of shut it, bozo!!!

    April 3, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  14. ourjungle

    THE GOP KNUCKLE DRAGGER PROBLEM:

    Our Nation is so tightly divided between Blue (far Left democrates), and Red (far Right republicans) States, that if only Blue, and Red States vote, the 2012 presidential election would be a draw. Which means the Purple (moderates & independents) State voters will decide the 2012 presidential election.But, some of the Purple State voters tend to lean Left, and some tend to lean Right. This means a small percentage of undecided Purple State voters will decide the 2012 presidential election (this Purple State voter information is out there, do your research). That is why the Obama campaign will bar no expenses to win over the women's vote....whereas; the GOP Knuckle Draggers (limbaugh/santorum type) seem to alienate women at will. Be aware, there is a 1000% chance the Democrates will submit a stimulus package "purposely designed" to favor women,and a 1000% chance the GOP Knuckle Draggers will dismiss this stimulus packager forthwith.

    April 3, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  15. The REAL TRUTH...

    @FAIR – they are charges only, and reported by that "fair and balanced" Faux Noise channel.. nowhere else yet. Typical of the right. A whole 22 possible fakes? Presume guilt until proven innocent. Jsut like you did with ACORN, which once again proved to nbe no more than right wingnut noise.

    April 3, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  16. once upon a horse

    if a person changes their handle here but spouts off the same old stuff is it REALLY worthwhile changing the handle?? Just saying..........

    April 3, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  17. The Real Tom Paine

    Obama Doubling down on Socialism

    Sniffit – Here's a fun little quiz:
    What's the most expensive thing the government can do?
    ==============================================
    Support deadbeats like you? Sorry, but you asked....
    ******************************************************
    Give money to Red State Welfare Cheats like you, actually. Anyone who lives in a Red State is getting more than they pay in. Hope you enjoy tapping away while on welfare, Sunny Jim, welfare I pay for.

    April 3, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |