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Nearly 800 absentee ballots invalid

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Nearly 800 absentee ballots invalid

Nearly 800 absentee ballots invalid

Nearly 800 absentee ballots were considered invalid after Milwaukee Election Officials stated they were postmarked after the election date.

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THANKS FOR JOINING US THISMONDAY AFTERNOON.IN JUST FOURHOURS... WE'LL BEGIN TO LEARNINFORMATION ABOUT TUESDAY'SELECTION WE WOULD NORMALLYHAVE ALMOST A WEEK AGO.CLERKS ACROSS THE STATEWILL... FOR THE FIRST TIME...BEGIN REPORTING RESULTS FROMTHE APRIL SEVENTH SPRINGELECTION AND PRESIDENTIALPRIMARY.

OUR BEN JORDAN ISLOOKING AHEAD TO HOW THATPROCESS WILL PLAY OUT.

BEN.VINCE AND SUSAN - THEMILWAUKEE ELECTION COMMISSIONSAYS IT'S RECEIVED NEARLY 800ABSENTEE BALLOTS THAT WEREPOSTMARKED AFTER THE ELECTIONDATE - THOSE WILL BE REJECTED.MILWAUKEE ELECTION LEADERSSTILL DO NOT KNOW HOW TOPROCEED ON NEARLY 400 ABSENTEEBALLOTS RECEIVED WITHOUT APOSTMARK DATE DUE TO ERRORS BYTHE POSTAL SERVICE.

DUE TO AU.S. SUPREME COURT RULING -ABSENTEE BALLOTS HAD TO BEMAILED BY APRIL 7 - ANDRECEIVED BY TODAY.THAT MEANSELECTION LEADERS CAN'T PROVETHOSE ABSENTEE BALLOTS WEREMAILED ON TIME.

AROUND 200ABSENTEE BALLOTS ARRIVEDWEDNESDAY WITHOUT A POSTMARKDATE.

DOZENS MORE HAVE COMEIN EACH DAY SINCE WITHOUTPOSTMARKS EITHER.

MILWAUKEEELECTION COMMISSION EXECUTIVEDIRECTOR NEIL ALBRECHT SAYSHE'S BEEN IN DAILYCOMMUNICATION WITH THEWISCONSIN ELECTION COMMISSIONAND THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICEFOR GUIDANCE - PUT THEY STILLDO NOT KNOW WHETHER TO COUNTABSENTEE BALLOTS RECEIVEDWITHOUT A POSTMARK DATE:"The state and I have been incommunication with members ofthe post office to determinethe significance of thispostmark and whether it wassomething unique - branchesusing this type of postmark todetermine whether it wasreceived by election day.

Noformal notification on redpostal seals.HERE IN MILWAUKEE -97-THOUSAND ABSENTEE BALLOTSWERE REQUESTED - MORE THAN 75-THOUSAND HAVE BEEN RETURNED.NEARLY 19-THOUSAND PEOPLEVOTED IN PERSON LAST TUESDAYIN MILWAUKEE.LOCAL AND ELECTION AUTHORITIESPLAN TO START RELEASING THERESULTS OF THE SPRING STARTINGAT 4 P.M.

BUT THOSE RESULTSWILL BE PRELIMINARY.

LIVE, BENNEWS.




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