Chippewa County polling place experiences ballot shortage

Published: Aug. 14, 2018 at 8:40 PM CDT
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A polling place in Chippewa County experienced a ballot shortage today as there was a dramatic increase in voters lined up at the polls.

Poll workers in the town of Lafayette said they ordered 500 ballots.

When our WEAU 13 News crew stopped by at 6 pm Tuesday, they were already up to 900 voters. To put it in perspective, that's nearly triple what it was in the 2014 primary with a total of 316 total voters, according to the Wisconsin Elections Commission.

“Everyone is having a very high volume of voters today so there was no spares to get from anyone else,” said Laura Konwinski, town clerk.

Because there was a shortage in paper ballots, voters had to wait to use one electronic voting machine.