Long lines, few problems for historic Wisconsin recall election

By: AP
By: AP

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board reports long lines and heavy turnout for Tuesday's historic recall election.

The board tweeted that no widespread problems have been reported in vote gathering around the state. But it does have one report of a damaged tabulator that poll workers found in the Marathon County Village of Rothschild. Police were called to investigate.

Elections officials expect up to 65 percent of Wisconsin's eligible voters to turn out for the recall election. Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch (KLAY'-fish) are facing opponents, as are three Republican senators.

Walker faces a rematch with Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, whom he beat in 2010 by 5 percentage points, as he tries to become the first U.S. governor to successfully fend off a recall.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Voters are reporting long lines at many Wisconsin polling places in a historic recall election driven by angry public employees who lost some collective bargaining rights as Republican Gov. Scott Walker pushed through a bill aimed at reducing the state's budget deficit.

Democrats and labor activists gathered more than 900,000 signatures to force the recall. Not all public workers voted against Walker. Seventy-three-year-old retired state employee Jerry Darda of Madison said he voted for the governor because the recall was "ridiculous" and that Walker should be able to finish his job.

In a suburb north of Milwaukee, 72-year-old William Dixon, a self-employed woodworker, says he voted for Barrett out of disgust with Walker's collective bargaining policies. Dixon says that asking public employees to pay more for their benefits is one thing, but taking away the right to bargain for wages is another thing.

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  • by mom Location: rice lake on Jun 5, 2012 at 01:41 PM
    How about the fact that Walker doesn't think women are worth paying the same wages as men? Trust me we are worth it!!
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      by EC worker on Jun 5, 2012 at 02:32 PM in reply to mom
      There is already a federal law that prevents discrimination in wages. I can't believe how uninformed some people are.
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        by Anonymous on Jun 6, 2012 at 06:01 AM in reply to EC worker
        A bill that would close loopholes in the 1963 Equal Pay Act was just blocked in the Senate with not one Republican voting for it. Women still make 77 cents on the dollar compared to men.
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      by y on Jun 6, 2012 at 06:10 AM in reply to mom
      Walker did that? Women have NEVER been as progressed as they are today. Women have NEVER been as educated and successful as we are today. If you think that Walker is in control of our well-being, you have another thing coming! I am thankful of where I am today, comapared to where my mother and my grandmonther were. There is not a politician in this country that will take that away from me, nor do I feel anyone is trying. You, however, may be weak and dependant on men and gov. officials, but the majority of our gender are fine standing on our own.
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        by Honeybadger on Jun 6, 2012 at 10:53 AM in reply to y
        The republicans voted across the board against equal pay for women. Scott Walker has obliterated Planned Parenthood which provides NOT ONLY affordable birth control but also health care screening for women as well as children and EVEN MEN. Maybe you see mindless forced breeding, increased spreading of disease *due to lack of detection and treatment* and less pay for women as "fine", but I DON'T.
  • by Anonymous Location: Rice Lake on Jun 5, 2012 at 01:25 PM
    Thank God, we live in a Democracy!
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      by Dave on Jun 5, 2012 at 07:29 PM in reply to
      Wrong. We live in a Constitutional Republic. I challenge you to find the word democracy in the US Constitution. A democracy is nothing more than mob rule!
  • by Joe on Jun 5, 2012 at 01:11 PM
    Except for the four bus loads of union members coming from Michigan.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 5, 2012 at 02:08 PM in reply to Joe
      I doubt there are four busloads of union members left in Michigan.
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        by Anon on Jun 5, 2012 at 02:52 PM in reply to
        I cannot wait for the day when there is less than 4 bus loads of Union members left in WI.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 5, 2012 at 12:38 PM
    The busiest voting day I have ever seen. Waited in line for more than hour and still had lines coming in. A great day in Wisconsin!
  • by Anonymous Location: WISCONSIN on Jun 5, 2012 at 12:28 PM
    I'm just wondering if this recall thing will turn out to be a normal mode of operation now. As soon as someone is elected, you automatically start a recall to be put in place after the electee is in for a year.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 5, 2012 at 01:55 PM in reply to
      I doubt that. It takes a really hard effort from a very large group of people to get enough signatures for a recall. It is much harder than it looked.
  • by william Location: ec on Jun 5, 2012 at 11:47 AM
    vote split ticket !! that will solve things!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 5, 2012 at 09:51 AM
    It's almost noon and there is no predicted winner yet??
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      by Honestly on Jun 5, 2012 at 01:49 PM in reply to
      If all the polls are any indication, the Democrats wasted Millions of dollars and Walker is still going to be the Governor.
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        by Anonymous on Jun 5, 2012 at 02:51 PM in reply to Honestly
        But the polls also said the results could be skewed with a very heavy turnout. It could go either way. Guess we'll know by midnight.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 5, 2012 at 09:44 AM
    Public union bargaining rights are FAR from the only reason for recalling Walker. What about his "deer czar"? What about the legislation that allows him to sell state property to anybody he wants? What about his phone call with the fake Koch brother, making it clear that he doesn't feel beholden to the people of this state? What about his refusal to answer phone calls of emails, and his insistence on private venues for all appearances? And how can anybody believe that he had no knowledge or involvement in the illegal activities taking place in his office when he was county executive? How can 13 of your staff be doing shady stuff on the clock and you not have any knowledge of it? John Doe is Walker, and even if he beats the recall, the feds will be taking him away in cuffs shortly.
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      by Don on Jun 5, 2012 at 10:09 AM in reply to
      I'm sure that Barrett will do a better job, especially now that he said he will cut public employee benefits. Way to go Barrett!
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      by Me on Jun 5, 2012 at 10:23 AM in reply to
      Sounds to me as if you are grasping at straws for your candidate to win.
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      by Sam on Jun 5, 2012 at 10:30 AM in reply to
      The deer czar IS a good thing. Anything that takes away from the DNR some power is a good thing for sure. And this will make deer hinting even easier and better for the hunter. So that one is a good. And collective bargaining never was a "right" only a privilege, which the unions have stepped way over the line. And that fake phone call was nothing, and proved it was. And being a John Dow investigation, he can't release them End Of Story. And anybody that has that many people working for him there is always going to be some bad apples along the way. Again nothing here that could be illegally used against Governor Walker. And when he does win, and he will this will be sounded around the country as a huge, and I mean huge win for The Tea Party and what they represent in getting this country back to the people.
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        by Anonymous on Jun 5, 2012 at 02:08 PM in reply to Sam
        No, what the tea party represents is the "to heck with everybody else, as long as I get mine" mentality. Tea Partiers are invariably convinced that they got where they are without any help from anybody on anything and that they've never taken a dime from the government. The reality is that EVERYBODY has benefited from our government in some way, either through the education system, tax breaks, medical care, or some other program.
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      by JJ on Jun 5, 2012 at 10:33 AM in reply to
      All your rants and I still voted for Walker.
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      by normal on Jun 5, 2012 at 11:19 AM in reply to
      So very true on more then on level. Too bad not everyone gets it. Well written.
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        by Anonymous on Jun 5, 2012 at 12:47 PM in reply to normal
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      by Eau Really on Jun 5, 2012 at 11:44 AM in reply to
      It doesn't sound like you are prepared to move the State forward following this election? I guess you Dems would rather cause hate and discontent when the Govenor will have been elected TWICE by the majority of voters. That's why you've been called a bunch of whining babies for the last 18 months.
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        by normal on Jun 5, 2012 at 12:21 PM in reply to Eau Really
        So, that is what I am being called because when he first ran I voted for what he said he was going to do and now I am voting because what he actually did...lie. Yes thanks for again being general and calling names again.
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        by ch on Jun 5, 2012 at 01:23 PM in reply to Eau Really
        How about the fact that Walker doesn't think women are worth being paid what men are being paid!
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          by Worker on Jun 5, 2012 at 01:54 PM in reply to ch
          Ya know, I never found that statement. As a matter of fact, policicalfact.com says that you are a liar.
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        by Eau Really on Jun 5, 2012 at 01:38 PM in reply to Eau Really
        I thought we were bleeding heart liberals, no union thugs, no corrupt union people, no wait crybabies. I never new I could be all these things, I guess my mom was right I can do anything I set my mind to do.
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      by David on Jun 5, 2012 at 12:29 PM in reply to
      How can parents be unaware of their kids' internet activities and drinking in their own homes? Yet it happens all the time.
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        by Anonymous on Jun 5, 2012 at 01:57 PM in reply to David
        Just keep telling yourself that David....saying it makes it so.
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        by Anonymous on Jun 5, 2012 at 02:05 PM in reply to David
        and parents are then legally held responsible for their kids activities. Walker should likewise be held accountable for his employees actions. 13 staff members is not a "few bad apples", it's a culture of corruption and wrong-doing.
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