'Ridiculous:' Late Night of Vote Counting Has Mayor Asking for a Better Solution

While the polls closed at 8 p.m. on election day, Nov. 6, counting of absentee ballots went late into the evening, prompting Muskego's Mayor to ask for help from the state

Muskego's turnout in the Nov. 6 presidential election was indeed robust, and for the most part went off without a hitch.

"I have to say thank you to our election officials, the day went unbelievably smooth," Mayor Kathy Chiaverotti announced just prior to the Common Council meeting on Tuesday. "We also had a record number of early voters, and we had extra poll workers that we called in to central count here at City Hall to work with the absentee ballots. Even I was enlisted to help out, and I can tell you the process is just ridiculous," she said.

Workers took until past 2 a.m. Wednesday morning to complete the casting of nearly 7,000 absentee ballots. They began around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, and the process of opening each ballot in a sealed envelope had the mayor shaking her head.

"I've met with our representative Dave Craig to see if there is something that can be done to alleviate this situation. There should be no reason early voters can't take their ballot and place it in a machine right away instead of having them all sealed individually to be opened later and then cast."

Muskego's next election is February 19 for the aldermanic primary, however it's unlikely that any changes will be made by the state by that time.

Denise Konkol November 16, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Ridiculous refers to the method, not the ability to cast ballots. I can see where having someone else handle your ballot on election day may pose an issue, versus just being able to send it through a machine when you complete it.
Gregory Kluck November 16, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Interested Party, Employers are required by law to give time off for voting if needed. It's unpaid however and I believe is about an hour and a half.
SBR November 17, 2012 at 05:59 AM
Really? I've never heard that before. Where can I verify that?
Interested Party November 20, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Well my drive is 45 minutes each way to work. That leaves me no time to stand in line.
Simple Bacon November 21, 2012 at 04:14 AM
Yes, I work full time and my commute is 90 minutes each way. Never missed an election. I'd hazard a guess that most people these days would stand in line for hours for a Black Friday deal on a new iPhone but expect drive thru service on election day. Not saying this is you Interested Party but I'm not all that sympathetic to the demands for low wait time on something that should be as important as electing our President. Still think we'll be giving up integrity to make things easy. But that's our society these days. Voting used to be worth some sacrifice. Look at countries like Iraq and the lines those people endured. They relish the opportunity to cast their vote. We take it for granted.


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