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Polling issues in the state


MADISON (WKOW) -- The G.A.B. staff is fielding many phone calls from voters and clerks around the state.

According to their website, they have had reports of heavy turnout everywhere.

The biggest problem so far is some local election officials make up rules on their own and require people to show photo IDs before they can vote. Wisconsin law and G.A.B. policy are clear that no photo ID is required to vote. These reports came from the town of Oakland in Jefferson County, the town of Troy in Sauk County, and the town of Byron in Monroe County.

In Brookfield, a suburb outside of Milwaukee, 40 voters received the wrong ballots early this morning due to human error. There was a mix up of ballots for Wards 15 and 16. The city of Brookfield clerk has taken all the appropriate steps to document the problem. The votes will be counted as cast.

There have been some reports of minor voting equipment problems -- optical scanners not accepting ballots. Columbia County is preparing to print extra ballots.

At a polling place in the Town of Verona this morning, the ballot machine was not properly reading ballots, so new ballots were ordered. The ballots during that time were still valid, but will need to be hand counted tonight.

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