You value your vote highly, so you take care to do everything right. You register well in advance, and you study the candidates. Before the election, you check your polling place and sample ballot at myvotewi.gov. On Election Day, you carefully sign the poll list and fill out the ballot.
But it’s a close race, and there is a recount. During the recount, you ballot is thrown out. It is chosen at random, due to the error of someone else. A poll worker forgot to ask another voter to sign the poll book, or perhaps there was a missing item on the form for a person who registered on Election Day.
This scenario is called a “draw down,” and it is in the new bill proposed by Rep. Jeff Stone, R-Greendale. A public hearing will be held June 4, and the committee will vote on it June 6. For more information on many other reasons to oppose this bill, contact your municipal or county clerk, or go to http://tinyurl.com/stonebill.
-- Paul Malischke, Madison, spokesperson, Fair Elections Wisconsin