September 14, 2006


City ballots don't add up: Totals are much larger than tallies for candidates; state wants explanation (DAVE UMHOEFER and DERRICK NUNNALLY, Sept. 13, 2006,

A day after the City of Milwaukee reported a primary election turnout above 80,000 - more than a quarter of the city's registered voters - a Journal Sentinel analysis found that the number might be inflated by tens of thousands.

Voter turnout figures in nearly two-thirds of the city's 314 wards are suspect, and state officials advised the city late Wednesday to recalculate its numbers. The city missed a 4 p.m. deadline to turn in polling lists and voter information to the Milwaukee County Election Commission. [...]

By the city's calculation, only about half the ballots cast in Tuesday's primary actually included votes in the hottest races - those for sheriff and attorney general. For example, the city reported 78,801 ballots cast in the attorney general race in primaries for the two major parties, but vote totals for the Democratic and Republican candidates combined amounted to only 40,971. By that count, 37,830 ballots did not include a vote in the race - a number that political observers regard as obviously flawed.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 14, 2006 6:57 PM

Duh, the obvious answer is that those 37,000 ballots will have votes, just as soon as the democratic party volunteers finish filling them out.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at September 14, 2006 7:08 PM

King County Dems have their work cut out for them if they want to recapture the title next Tuesday.

But what I don't understand is why cheat in the primary? Is it such a habit that they just find it hard to break?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at September 14, 2006 8:49 PM


They have to keep in practice. After all, the tire slashers (of the GOP vans) were caught and sentenced (including the son of a Democratic congresswoman, I believe).

Posted by: ratbert at September 14, 2006 8:56 PM

Amateurs. In Philadelphia there are more registered voters than people of voting age.

Posted by: Gideon at September 14, 2006 9:02 PM

They ran the cheating-coverup software in an election where they weren't cheating. It was an understandable mistake. Anyone could have made it.

Posted by: pj at September 14, 2006 9:35 PM

I am sure that leading Congresssional Democrats will be demanding an investigation into this immediately, right?

Posted by: kevin whited at September 15, 2006 11:05 AM