Some voters voting incorrectly for president
JANESVILLE—Before the end of voting today, Rock County Clerk Lori Stottler expects thousands of people in Rock County could have to fill out a second or third ballot because of confusion over how the ballots were printed.
The ballots include a hairline underneath the Republican, Democratic and Constitution party choices for president, but then four more parties with presidential candidates are listed, without a hairline separating them. People are apparently thinking that the four additional parties are a different election, so they are voting twice for president, Stottler said.
The vote-counting machines will reject ballots that are over-voted, and Wisconsin law allows a voter three chances to vote. Stottler said one voter in the town of Center mis-voted three times and was not allowed another chance.
Stottler said she submitted her ballots for state approval with hairlines separating all seven parties, but state officials removed the lines for the four parties because they did not register with the state as parties. Those parties are considered “independents.”
With voting reported heavy, Stottler was dealing with requests from a number of municipalities for additional ballots late Tuesday afternoon.
Polls close at 8 p.m., but anyone in line at 8 will still be allowed to vote.
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