Our elections don’t just happen. They are carefully planned and conducted by municipal and county clerks throughout the state. Amid ever changing rules, our clerks and their teams of volunteers worked tirelessly to ensure our elections were conducted fairly. They sent out absentee ballots, staffed the polling places and carefully tabulated the ballots. It is not an easy job, especially since they have been put under a microscope. But across the state and across the country, we saw very few problems at the polls on election day. While we simply cast our ballot and walk away, our clerks and poll workers, many of them our friends and neighbors, worked throughout the night to count all those ballots. They still weren’t done in some cases, with a handful of recounts, including the La Crosse County sheriff’s race. When the recount was complete in 13 wards in the city of La Crosse, each of the ballots recounted, they found only three votes changed from the original count. That demonstrates once again the integrity of our elections and the valuable role our dedicated poll workers play in ensuring our elections are safe and secure.