MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Election clerks in northeastern Wisconsin requested the state Supreme Courtroom on Monday to subject an order permitting them to fill in a poll misprint in order that as many as 13,500 ballots will be processed extra shortly by way of counting machines on Election Day.
Utilizing a black pen or marker to fill within the misprinted “timing mark,” which is utilized by counting machines to learn the ballots, can be the simplest and quickest method to repair the issue, clerks in Outagamie and Calumet counties instructed the state Supreme Courtroom. The Wisconsin Elections Commission also backs that approach, which elections officers say cannot be executed with out an order from the very best court docket within the presidential battleground state.
The misprint is a scratch no wider than a fingernail on a timing mark on the fringe of the poll, and it doesn’t have an effect on any contests, candidates or poll referenda. The aim of the timing blocks, that are small black marks on the periphery of the poll, are to instruct the machine on tips on how to align the ballots in order that they’re correctly counted, the clerks instructed the court docket.
The error was discovered earlier this month. The error was caught in time to reprint the ballots in order that these used for early in-person voting, which started final week, are capable of be counted, stated Outagamie County Clerk Lori O’Vivid.