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Wis. counties grapple with problems in primary


Election workers in some Wisconsin municipalities are wrestling with absentee ballot problems as the state's presidential primary continues.

Workers in Milwaukee, Madison and Sun Prairie grappled with absentee ballots that were too wide to fit into recording machines.

Election officials say printing companies cut the ballots too wide. Workers caught the problem before the election and had other companies produce right-sized ballots, but the change came too late for some absentee voters. Workers had to copy votes from the ill-sized ballots onto properly sized ones.

Workers in six Portage County municipalities had to copy some absentee votes onto new ballots, too, after a printing company put the wrong computer codes on ballots. Workers caught and fixed the problem before the election but not before some absentee ballots went out.

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