September 14, 2006
WHICH EXPLAINS HOW KERRY WON WI:
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, journalsentinel.com)
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.Posted by Orrin Judd at September 14, 2006 6:57 PM
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.