Wisconsin Election Integrity Under Scrutiny

By KBJR News 1

May 9, 2012 Updated May 9, 2012 at 1:43 PM CDT

Superior, WI (Northland's NewsCenter) -- Tuesday's Primary Election had many Wisconsin residents wondering how important their vote is.
It's said that "every vote counts" and that's been very evident in a series of recent close elections.

LeAnn Wallace has more on the recall and what's being done to ensure voter confidence throughout Wisconsin.

After protests and rallies across the state, and nearly 1 million signatures, the decision to recall, or "stand by" Governor Scott Walker is now in the hands of voters.

But as Wisconsin residents headed to the ballot box, some worry that a shadow of doubt was cast over the State's entire election system after last year's Supreme Court race between Justice David Prosser and JoAnne Kloppenburg resulted in a recount.

"What we found is that there were bags of ballots that were not secured, they there were computers that had vote returns on them that were taken home. There's been a lot of discussion about how to tighten up that process." said Kathleen Vinehout, democratic recall primary candidate.

Officials in Douglas County say those problems didn't happen here.

"I'm sure people are concerned, but Wisconsin's election integrity is so high that during the recount in Douglas County, I think the vote, when we recounted, the judge was only one vote difference," said Terri Kalan, Superior City Clerk.

The gubernatorial recall election has forced local units of government across the state to scramble.

"This is new for the entire state of Wisconsin, new for the government accountability board, new for the legislature that set the laws," said Kalan.

New and expensive, When all is said and done, the recall will cost Douglas County alone an estimated $50,000.

And whatever the outcome, one thing is certain, the nation will be watching Wisconsin.

"This is huge, both in Wisconsin and nationally. It's going to be huge because the state is going to be deeply divided and it's clear that the recall could go either way." said History Professor Joel Sipress, UW-Superior.

Last year Wisconsin passed a law requiring voters to provide a picture identification before being allowed to vote.

But two judges issued injunctions preventing the Government Accountability Board from enforcing the photo ID requirements.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice has appealed the cases to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

With the case pending photo IDs were not required for today's primary nor will you need to have a photo ID to vote in the June 5th recall election.