With the exception of a bomb threat and a couple of kids harassing voters in Milwaukee things went smoothly at the polls, which saw record turnout. However, the Wisconsin Republican Party is looking into the case of an absentee ballot allegedly cast under a dead person's name.
State GOP spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski says a Milwaukee poll worker happened upon an absentee ballot and recognized the name of person whose funeral she had attended in the summer. With such a coincidence behind the discovery of the ballot, Republicans are concerned there may be more fraudulent votes.
Kukowski also says there was also a general "mood" at the polls of some election watchers on Barack Obama's behalf overstepping their bounds by taking a more active role in the process, rather than just observing.
Kyle Richmond of the Government Accountability Board says everyone is still getting used to the new rules which also prevent observers from glaring over poll workers' shoulders. Kukowski claims the rules were spelled out clearly for poll watchers this year and the party will continue to work with the GAB to ensure fair elections.
On Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal put out a blockbuster story about Milwaukee scaling back its efforts to fight voter fraud and how the head of the city's fraud detection police unit was told to stay away from the polls. Police Chief Ed Flynn denied any cutback in its fraud detection. The unit's leader took the day off and checked the polls on his own time. He uncovered seven fraudulent absentee ballots. Three were tossed out.
While at the election night Republican rally in Waukesha, Attorney General JB Van Hollen says all-in-all things went smoothly at the polls.
"We've only had a few concerns that I'm aware of, concerns that are relatively minor and we've been able to deal with fairly well."
The state's top cop called it a "good day" for people trying to get out and vote.