City of Racine May Be Running Short of Ballots; Asking Villages for Help
The Village of Sturtevant is helping the City of Racine meet the demand of registered and new voters on this historic recall election day after it was apparent the clerk's office didn't order enough. Mount Pleasant doesn't have any to spare.
**Updated 7:10 pm
The City of Racine is in danger of running out of ballots on this historic recall election day.
Mary Cole, Sturtevant clerk/deputy treasurer, confirmed that Donna Deuster, City of Racine assistant clerk/treasurer, called asking for help. Cole said she has enough to send over 400 to help her colleagues in the city clerk's office.
Racine is a key city for Democrats in the recall race. In the 2010 gubernatorial election, Democrat Tom Barrett took 61 percent of the vote in Racine compared to 37 percent for Gov. Scott Walker.
"I am a ballot freak, always afraid of running out, especially for an election like this," she told Patch. "I have enough unused and unopened absentee ballots and a box of regular ballots that we can spare some."
Cole said she ordered enough ballots for more than 100 percent turnout with the overage coming primarily from absentee ballots. What she does is take her most current list of registered voters - which stands at a little over 3,000 - and orders enough to allow those residents to cast a vote. Because people move away and, unfortunately, pass away, this way, she always has enough for a 70 to 80 percent turnout with registered and new voters.
Mount Pleasant Village Clerk/Treasurer Veronica Rudychev was calling her chief poll inspectors to check on their ballot supplies to see if she could spare anything. Unfortunately, there weren't any extras to give, even at Franksville Joint Park where a good number of voters use the touch screen.
"I want to help because they've helped me and that's what we should do," she said. "But I'm so nervous about running out."
Rudychev also ordered for 100 percent turnout to take into account new registrations and said the City may have only ordered enough for 70 percent.
"City voters may have to use touch screen only if they can't get ballots from other municipalities," she added.
Cole said Sturtevant passed 50 percent turnout by 2 p.m. and had their absentee ballots accounted for just after lunch. By 5:30 p.m. it looked like, including absentee ballots yet to be run through the machine, Mount Pleasant was at about 60 percent turnout.
Patch has a message into Deuster, and we will update the story when we hear back from her.