Ballot bags found torn and/or unsealed in Waukesha

Kloppenburg campaign raises ballot bag security concern in Waukesha County recount
By Laurel Walker of the Journal Sentinel
Updated: May 5, 2011 2:06 p.m.

Waukesha – An observer for Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg objected Thursday morning to the security of bags holding Supreme Court ballots from the City of Brookfield because of a gap opening on the ballot bags.

They’ve raised similar objections four or five times in Waukesha County since the start of the recount, said retired Circuit Court Judge Robert Mawdsley, who’s overseeing the county recount. In an interview, he agreed with objector Bill Hotz’s observation that the bag opening from Brookfield was the largest seen so far.

Hotz said poorly sealed bags or torn bags appear to be a common problem, but they were evident on five of six Brookfield bags that were counted first thing Thursday. He objected to the counting of those ballots where bags appeared to be open.

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