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West Allis discovers 133 unopened mail-in ballots

WEST ALLIS, Wis. – The City of West Allis discovered 133 unopened mail-in ballots after Tuesday’s spring election, however, no change in election results is expected.

According to the City of West Allis Clerk’s Office, the unopened ballots were delivered to the Clerk’s Office on the Friday before the election and were not provided to the Council of Mail-in Poll Canvassers on Election Day. . They were instead left in a locked trash can in a “secure room” in the clerk’s office.

The City of West Allis Clerk’s Office advises that absentee ballots delivered to the Clerk’s Office are normally immediately transferred to a special box in said room for counting on Election Day.

“On Friday, the number of ballots delivered was higher than normal, so the Clerk’s Office instead kept those ballots in the locked blue bin rather than immediately transferring them to the ballot boxes ready to be counted,” said Deputy City Clerk Gina Gresch explained in a statement Thursday evening. “That’s why those particular ballots weren’t counted on election day.”

Officials say ballots never left the hall between Friday and Tuesday. The ballots will now be processed. However, the Clerk’s Office advises that the number of ballots to be processed does not exceed the margin that would be required to change the outcome of an election.

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