Voting error leads to misprint in Wisconsin Independent news

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Elections Commission notified clerks Friday that an independent candidate’s credentials were incorrectly printed on ballots for the general election in the state’s 2nd District.

The commission said a state-level error meant county clerks did not receive all the information about Douglas Alexander’s candidacy that they should have before printing the ballots. Wisconsin law allows a freelancer to include a statement of up to five words next to their name.

Alexander requested in his nomination papers that the words “Congressional Term Limits” appear next to his name on the ballot rather than “Independent”, as it was printed. The candidate’s website says he is running primarily to educate voters “about the importance of term limits in Congress.”

Commission Administrator Meagan Wolfe called the error “unfortunate”.

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“However, voters should be aware that the candidates on the ballot all remain the same, and the error will not prevent any votes from being counted in the CD2 contest, including those who have already been voted by mail,” she said.

The electoral commission issued notices to voters indicating how the ballot should have been printed.

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