Too much information could be causing ballot counting problems in close to a half-dozen communities in Dane County on Election Day.
But voters shouldn't worry: their votes will be counted, Dane County Clerk Bob Ohlsen said in an interview.
The ballots in the town of Verona weren't being accepted by the electronic tabulating machines, so new ballots have been ordered and are being delivered as soon as possible. Ballots already cast will be counted manually.
Counting problems also were reported in the village of Maple Bluff, the village of Deerfield, the town of Madison and the city of Middleton.
"There's so much on the backside of the ballot, it could be affecting the machines trying to read the ballots," Ohlsen said.
Tests were done on the ballots and the tabulating machines Tuesday morning, and the tests showed that the machines are working.
In the four polling places aside from the town of Verona that were experiencing problems, the ballots were put into the machines a different way and were then able to be tabulated.
All polling places in Dane County use electronic machines to count ballots.
Ohlsen said the minor glitches will have no effect on ballots being counted correctly.
"I am certainly confident everything will work out and all the votes will be counted," he said.
Ohlsen said early turnout numbers won't be available until about noon Tuesday, and two updates are planned for later in the day — in late afternoon and after the polls close at 8 p.m.
All voters who are in line at 8 p.m. will be allowed to vote; those who join lines after 8 p.m. will not be allowed to vote.
Madison City Clerk Maribeth Witzel-Behl did not return calls seeking comment on how things were going at the Madison polling places.