Tuesday’s election in Wisconsin will be the first time many voters will head to the polls with new rules in place. Right now, voters will not have to show a photo ID Tuesday because of a court-ordered hold on the law, but the Government Accountability Board is asking people to be ready and have a valid ID with then just in case the law changes at the last minute. On Monday, absentee ballots were being checked in, polling booths were being set up and ballot counting machines were rolled into place. Tuesday is Wisconsin’s presidential primary, and voters are facing new challenges. For the first time, they have to sign poll books, voter photo ID is on court-ordered hold, and in Milwaukee County, defective absentee ballots were mailed out.
“This is the defective ballot and these are the reprinted ballots that now will work through the machine,” Greenfield City Clerk Jennifer Goergen said. Goergen explained how ballot counters won’t read the defective ballots, so her poll workers will have to hand-count roughly 1,500 absentee ballots. “Comparing this election to past elections, we have more requirements and rules and changes than we’ve ever had before,” Goergen said.