When there’s a disaster, civil unrest, riots, terrorist attacks or votes to be counted in the election, the National Guard is apparently who you call. Poll workers in two Wisconsin counties will be welcoming in the National Guard as they will need to assist with transcribing at least 13,500 misprinted absentee ballots.
The Wisconsin State Supreme Court refused to issue a ruling on the ballots in question, which cannot be fed through electronic tabulating machines. Poll workers, along with the National Guard, will need to work quickly to transcribe the ballots, as the state has a 4 p.m. deadline on the day following the election for non-provisional ballots to be counted.
“The duplication process will take additional time, so the public should be aware that election results will be delayed,” Outagamie County Clerk Lori O’Bright said in a statement. “They will be posted as soon as possible.”
O’Bright went on to reassure all voter’s that their ballot will count. “Voters don’t need to do anything at this point,” she said. “Per the court’s decision and following the letter of the law, voters can be assured that all votes will be counted. If a voter casts a ballot with the misprinted timing mark, they can rest assured their votes will be counted.”
Wisconsin looks like it will be decided by a razor-thin margin, so every vote will definitely be important and most likely eventually end up scrutinized in the courts.