“We’re not only changing and moving districts, we’re changing the system beneath it,” said Julie Glancey, the Sheboygan County clerk. “We had many, many voters who showed up (on the computer map) on the coast of Africa and we had to drag them back to the state of Wisconsin and put them where they belonged.”
Wisconsin voters go to the polls on February 21 for primaries in the spring races. The Government Accountability Board says it’s trying to fix all the mistakes before then, but officials say some voters may still show up at the wrong polling places and have to sort things out on the spot.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel notes that Wisconsin Republicans rushed the redistricting through last year when they were facing recalls, rather than wait for local officials to map out their wards as they usually do. It’s not clear whether that’s what caused the problem, but if you’re a Wisconsite whose polling place is now on the West Coast of Africa, you’ve got a situation on your hands either way.
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