Some voters have questioned whether provisional ballots could change the thin lead Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg holds over Justice David Prosser in the Wisconsin Supreme Court race. Calls to a few of the state’s more populous voting jurisdictions indicate that’s unlikely.
Three provisional ballots were cast in the City of Milwaukee, according to an employee with the city’s election commission. So far, one of the three voters have provided the information needed to count the ballot. In Dane County, two voters cast provisional ballots, according to an employee in the county clerk’s office.
In Madison, only four provisional ballots were cast and only one of the four had brought in information that would allow their ballot to be counted, according to the clerk’s office. Rumors have spread on social media sites of a large number of provisional ballots cast by University of Wisconsin-Madison students, but none of the Madison provisional ballots cast were from student wards, according to the clerk’s office.
Voters in those jurisdictions gave a majority of their votes to Kloppenburg, but officials in two counties Prosser won had similar experiences. Waukesha County didn’t have any provisional ballots, according to the clerk’s office there. Washington County’s clerk said she had not received any provisional ballots either. Kloppenburg has a 204-vote lead with 100% of precincts counted, according to the Associated Press’ tally.
A switch from provisional ballots would be unusual. Voters have the right under federal law to cast a provisional ballot in cases in which their eligibility is at question. If the voter provides proof that they’re eligible to vote by 4 p.m. the day after an election, the provisional ballot would be counted.
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