At about 1 A.M., the Patch writer in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, reported returns from the county clerk’s office for a pair of school board seats. Waukesha ran into trouble last year when it failed to post results immediately in a Supreme Court judge’s race, then found 14,000 votes that swung the election.
After revealing the school board winners, Lisa Sink added this note to her Patch report:
The results, however, were tabulated by a Patch writer who added the numbers from voting machine tapes at the Waukesha County Administration Building.
The Waukesha County clerk’s office, which said it would post local results online, posted few results, and asked the media and political campaigns to hand-count, using voting machine printouts taped to the walls around a room.
The picture shows what that process looked like, with people standing around hand-counting the results and doing the best they could. This morning, Sink reports that the “unofficial, unaudited” Waukesha numbers are in. FWIW, she got them close to right last night.