State: No major issues during morning voting

Voters line up at the Allouez municipal center.   Nov. 8, 2016 (WBAY)
Voters line up at the Allouez municipal center. Nov. 8, 2016 (WBAY)

ALLOUEZ, Wis. (WBAY) – More than 3 million Wisconsin voters are expected to exercise their civic duty on election day. That’s about 70 percent of Wisconsin’s voting-age population.

That means you can expect lines at the polls, especially at these peak voting times:  7 a.m. – 8 a.m.; the lunchtime hours of 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.; and when people get out of work. That’s usually 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission says there have been no major issues this morning besides some equipment problems. Some clerks had to use a back-up cartridges because inspectors made an error during set-up.

There was a small hiccup at the at the Salvation Army polling location on Union Court in Green Bay. Poll workers had to collect some ballots by hand when the machine encountered a paper jam. Poll workers say it has been fixed.

A Green Bay Police officer told us that officers are doing rounds and checking on polling locations to make sure there are no issues. They had to take down a few political signs at one polling location. Wisconsin law says you cannot have campaign signs within 100 feet of the entrance to a polling place.

The City of Algoma dealt with a “power issue” at City Hall, but all voting booths stayed open and in use. The Kewaunee County Sheriff’s Office says a truck hit a nearby power pole.

If you encounter any issues at your polling place, email news@wbay.com with your tip.

Action 2 News reporter Michelle Clemens is reporting from UW-Green Bay, which saw long lines during the April Primary. To ease the wait, the city of Green Bay nearly doubled the number of poll workers and added an on-site deputy clerk. These changes appear to be working.

“It was not what I expected. I thought that the lines were going to be long. I thought that everybody was going to be all up in your face and super pressuring and stuff like that, but it was very calm,” said voter Salwa Assad.

Action 2 News reporter Nolan Blair visited a district in Appleton that encompasses Lawrence University. The chief inspector reported high turnout among young people.

Action 2 News This Morning was live at a polling place in the Village of Allouez where people were lined up before voting started at 7 a.m.

“I wanted to get here early so I could get in and get out, because later this evening it’s going to be really, really busy. I’m sure of it,” said voter Sharon Pearson.

If you’re not sure where to vote, click here to find your polling place.

You will need to show photo identification to vote. Click here to find a list of acceptable photo IDs.

Want to see the ballot before you get to the polls? Click here to find your sample ballot.

Resist the urge to take a ballot selfie. It’s not allowed in Wisconsin.

Chart shows where pictures in the voting booth are allowed.
Chart shows where pictures in the voting booth are allowed.

Nearly 800,000 early absentee ballots were cast in Wisconsin, shattering the previous record.

Trust Action 2 News for election day coverage. We’ll have teams with Sen. Ron Johnson and U.S. Senate candidate Russ Feingold; 8th District candidate Mike Gallagher and 8th District candidate Tom Nelson; 6th District candidate Sarah Lloyd and Rep. Glenn Grothman; and 18th District candidate Dan Feyen and 18th District candidate Mark Harris.