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article imageMilwaukee voting integrity hotline respond to voter complaints

By Greta McClain     Nov 6, 2012 in Politics
Milwaukee - Milwaukee Wisconsin's County District Attorney’s office reported the "usual array of complaints" on Tuesday, including aggressive election observers.
On Monday, Wisconsin Attorney General, J.B. Van Hollen, announced that the Wisconsin Department of Justice would be sending assistant attorneys general and special agents to various polling locations around the state. One such team was assigned to Milwaukee.
The Milwaukee District Attorney's office also set up a voting integrity hotline. According to a Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel report, Bruce Landgraf, an Assistant District Attorney, said the hotline received reports of overly aggressive election observers, as well as complaints about people handing out one candidate's campaign material too close to a polling place. A team consisting of one attorney and one police officer, were sent to each polling location receiving a complaint . The complaint was investigated and the situation resolved.
Poll watchers also filed complaints. According to one report, Asst. Dist. Attorney Jacob Corr and two police officers were sent to investigate complains that partisan poll watchers could not hear the names of voters being called. The observers want to hear the names being called in case it is a new voter that can be contacted at a later time.
Corr spoke with the observers and told them an election official would attempt to find seating closer to where the voters were checking in, which appeared to satisfy the observers.
Other complaints involved broken voting machines. Landgraf told Esquire:
A broken machine doesn't mean voting was on hold, according to Bruce Landgraf, an assistant prosecutor who is overseeing the voter integrity hotline at the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office. People could place their ballots in a bin beside the machine to be fed into it once it was fixed. Some voters did not want to do that, however, and chose to wait and witness their votes being counted.
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