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Monday, March 28, 2005

Ward 262, Where are you?

The answer is Washington county. Ward 262 is that funny little triangle piece on the map of the aldermanic district 9.

For Ward 274, the answer is Waukesha county. Ward 274 is that funny little square piece west of 124th street on the map of the aldermanic district 5.

According to the Washington county clerk, Brenda Jaszewski, she has never, in 14 years, asked for nor recieved any paperwork from the City of Milwaukee. The rationale is that there are no residential addresses in ward 262. I drive past this every day. True there are no residences on the west side of Wausaukee. No residential addresses is a thin excuse though, given that there is a business there and an elector may be in the same situation as Philip J. Petersen at 555 W. Air Cargo Way. Shouldn't there at least be a form EB-104 stating there are no registered voters, no ballots cast and nothing to tally?

There is no answer yet from the Waukesha county clerk. I suspect the situation is the same. But the area is more developed than ward 262.


Anonymous steveegg said...

Ward 274 (also known as 12500 W. Carmen Ave.) was created so that the city of Milwaukee could keep its greedy tax hands on Ambrosia Chocolate (since acquired by ADM Cocoa) after they abandoned Downtown for what was then Menomonee Falls.

Side note; the most-famous (really, infamous) person to have spent time in that ward was Jeffrey Dahmer, an ex-empolyee of Ambrosia. I wouldn't be surprised, however, if there is at least one infamous "resident" who has that address on the voter rolls.

Mon Mar 28, 07:19:00 PM CST  
Anonymous steveegg said...

Tnaks for reminding me about Mr. Petersen. That brings me to a troubling line from the article that brought his situation to light...

People can legally list their place of work as their voting address, as long as they vote only once, according to George Dunst, legal counsel to the state Elections Board.

Sounds like something that needs to be challenged and changed.

Mon Mar 28, 07:28:00 PM CST  
Blogger John Washburn said...

Yes, this should be challenged.

But, as long as the law allows this, there is the possibility an elector from either ward may cast a ballot in an election. That being the case, shouldn't there be 7.51 paperwork? Even if the local canvass report is: "There is nothing to report."

Tue Mar 29, 04:09:00 PM CST  
Anonymous steveegg said...

I hear you. Then again, the "fine" folks that make up the Milwaukee Election Commission and their underlings don't exactly want a clean election.

Wed Mar 30, 05:51:00 AM CST  

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