Voting equipment malfunctions in the Village of Cross Plains

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Matt Geiger

The results in the Cross Plains Village Board race on Tuesday night were delayed due to a technical problem.

Village administrator/clerk Caitlin Stene said the “M-Stick” onto which election results are loaded after the polls close failed, and the village had to obtain a new voting machine, and a new “M-Stick” from the county, before the local election results could be tallied and sent to the county clerk.

“In the process of closing the polls we experienced an error message, so we called the county,” Stene explained. “The way the process works, the results are loaded onto M-Sticks and somehow in the process of closing the polls that stick failed. The county came with new sticks and a new machine, and our election workers re-ran every ballot through the machine, then uploaded the results.”

Stene said the glitch did not impact voting, as it took place after the polls had closed. The same number of ballots that election workers documented as being cast at the end of polling (889) were counted when the results were re-fed into the new machine.

Challengers Kevin Thusius and Jeanne Statz, as well as incumbent Lee Sorensen, were the victors in Tuesday’s race for three seats on the Cross Plains Village Board. Incumbent William Brosius lost his bid for re-election. Thusius received 516 votes (27 percent), Sorensen received 478 (25.3 percent), Statz received 458 (24.2 percent) and Brosius had 430 (22.8 percent).




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