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Give clerks a head start counting

Scott Robert Shaw



So, who won? We are all eager to find out the results of the election. But we may not know the final result until well after the polls close. Election officials say it could even be days, perhaps several days, before a winner can be determined. That is due in large part to the record number of absentee ballots that will be cast in the November election. It isn’t just that there will be a lot of ballots arriving in the mail or dropped in drop boxes. In Wisconsin, it is that local clerks can’t start counting those ballots until the day of the election. It is also possible, based on back and forth court rulings, that clerks will be allowed to receive and count absentee ballots for six days after the polls close. It is going to be a long process. But that process could be quickened if clerks were allowed to start counting ballots earlier. Many states have such laws on the books. It allows clerks to start counting absentee ballots days before the election. They can process, but not tabulate, so no one knows who is getting the most votes before the election is held. Wisconsin government has been stubborn in calls for change. There is still time for lawmakers to rewrite the rules, but it seems unlikely. So it could be days or even weeks before we know who won in Wisconsin. Rather than a long election night of counting ballots, this year it could be a long election week.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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    Gerald Every

    October 6, 2020 at 12:23 pm

    So lets just rewrite all the rules then. Oh wait, if socialists win in Nov then all rules will be rewritten! Elections then will not be necessary. We all will not have to work, just wait for our handout.No need for cops because,without arms the gestapo will keep us in line. No need for school curriculum because the manifesto,and green deal will be the doctrine. No insurance plans will be necessary as, anyone over 75 will not be granted any life preserving care or medications the regime will decree your care for the rest. No need to worry about abortion, infanticide will control the population and baby and prison inmates body organs will be sold for experimentation. No need to argue over the constitution or hate politicians, we simply rewrote those rules. Sound silly? Maybe not. If ever you have voted democratic you have already voted for a rewrite of some of these rules.

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