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Wisconsin gets high marks for running elections


UNDATED (WSAU)  Wisconsin is among the best in the nation in the way it runs its elections. That’s according to the Pew Charitable Trusts, in what’s being called the first-ever comparison in the way elections are administered in all 50 states and Washington D-C. The Pew report showed that Wisconsin rated the best in the 2008 presidential election in 17 different categories – and it ranked eighth in the 2010 mid-term and governor’s elections. Figures from the 2012 voting are expected late this year.

State Government Accountability Board director Kevin Kennedy said a number of factors led to Wisconsin’s high election marks. They included consistently high voter turnouts, low rates of non-voting due to problems with registration and absentee ballots, short waiting times at the polls, and relatively few provisional votes which are counted later.

Pew said Wisconsin also had all possible voting information tools online in both 2008-and-2010 – while California and Vermont didn’t have any. Kennedy said waiting times and the accuracy of technology were not included in the 2010 rankings – and that’s why Wisconsin dropped from first place to eighth that year.

Neighboring Minnesota and Michigan were among those that also received high marks in the Pew survey. California and New York were among the worst.