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La Crosse County clerk defends safety of local elections

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The ballot drop box outside of La Crosse's city hall.

Several states are busy trying to pass voter ID bills and other election laws, following public complaints about how recent elections have turned out. 

If you ask the La Crosse County clerk about the security of local elections, Ginny Dankmeyer will tell you she has “all the confidence in the world” about voting in this area. 

“It’s legit, because all the elections up to this point have also been legit,” Dankmeyer said on La Crosse Talk. “You go to the polling place, your name is on the poll book which means you’ve registered to vote, you’re given a ballot, it’s gone through the tabulator, it gets counted.”

Asked about the chances of anybody trying to tamper with or steal an election drop box in the county, Dankmeyer says La Crosse has not had security issues in recent elections. 

“You probably can steal anything, but it’s definitely going to take some effort, and it’s definitely going to be on camera, and the city cop place (police headquarters) is right there, too,” Dankmeyer said.

Absentee balloting is happening now for the La Crosse mayor’s race, to be decided on April 6th.

Dankmeyer says that if you get an absentee ballot for an election, her office checks to see if you requested one, and then inspects the ballot and envelope after they’ve been returned.

   

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.