Hiccups in voting in the Fox Valley

Ballot into machine voting

APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) – Voting in Northeast Wisconsin hasn’t been without some minor hiccups.

In Fond du Lac County, some absentee ballots that had been mailed in were creased in a way that caused the uncontested district attorney’s race to register as “over voted.”

In Oshkosh, some ballots were filled in with a pen that bled through the paper between 7 and 8 a.m. The Oshkosh clerk says those ballots were re-made and won’t affect the vote.

Chief inspectors in Appleton say voting is running smoothly, though some voters showed up very early.

“By the time the polls opened at 7, the line was out of sight and beyond the building,” Medith Phillips, chief inspector at Appleton District #9 reported.

Phillips said the morning rush caused a ballot machine to jam temporarily. That was resolved, and all their ballots have been registered correctly.

Young voters are contributing to a steady stream of voters at the District #4 polling site.

“This is the Lawrence University polling station. All of the students vote here, and they have been coming in steadily,” Judy Hebbe, chief inspector at Appleton District #4, said.

“It’s been very smooth but very hectic,” she said. “Started off with 75-85 people in line at 7. We processed them through.”

Hebbe believes the 4th District will see at minimum a 70- to 75-percent turnout, which would be a record.

Another wave of voters is expected as the work day ends.