For some reason one of the counties in the state is destroying ballots that 'were not counted' yesterday. Apparently this is a very bizarre and egregious move.
call for an injunction to preserve the 'discarded' ballots:
I have filed a Wisconsin Open records request with the City of Mequon demanding any ballot
submitted but not cast in yesterday's election, including any remnant of a shredded ballot. We
have received reports Mequon poll workers destroyed submitted ballots before poll closing time, demanding a driver’s license number from the absentee voter. This request is unusual and the destruction of ballots is of grave concern, given the closeness of the state Supreme Court election. I will consider seeking an injuction to back up my request if Mequon officials are not copperative [sic].
April 6, 2011
Mark Belling is apparently a local radio host.
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This also comes as over 10,000 more ballots were cast for the Supreme Court race in Dane (Madison) than for the County Executive race there.
We're not exactly sure why this is happening, but Mequon is in Ozaukee County... where the vote totals may give us an idea why:
Prosser 20,844 72%
Kloppenburg 8,295 28%
This could be the 200 votes that Kloppenburg is currently "leading" by... What the hell is going on?
This could be a reason why. From the Kloppenburg Facebook page, apparently.
This is directly from the Wisconsin State Election law. If there were any ballots shredded, including those that would be 'invalid,' it would be highly illegal.
We had an email from a reader that Facebook was blocking this url from being shared on their site. I tried to upload it myself...and it turns out that it's true.
I have both called and emailed the Mequon City Clerk's office. I hope for a statement by the end of today, although I do not expect one.
UPDATE 4/7, 10:51pm
News from Facebook: they have rescinded their block on our site. So share away.
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