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Location: Germantown, Wisconsin, United States

I am a simple country boy transplanted from the Piehl Township in northern Wisconsin to the Milwaukee metropolitan area who came down "sout" in 1980 for college and have stayed in the area since.
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Thursday, April 07, 2005

Random thoughts about April 5, 2005

First, the the difference in the dedication to excellence between the Milwaukee polling place and the 2 Germantown districts to an accurate and correct canvass is staggering. Even the smooth as silk canvass of district #3 took 1 hour and 40 minutes to do. If what I saw at Lyon's park pavilion is an example of a "good crew" in the City of Milwaukee, I shudder to think what a bad crew of inspectors looks like.

Second, in the tallying of write-in for Supreme Court Justice (against Ann Walsh Bradley) there were 2 familiar names; Charles Sykes and Bill Pangman.

Third, Clearly the Germantown pool referendum (no new tax 56/44%) was the hot-button race for Germantown. There were 5033 ballots cast in Germantown for a 36.21% turn-out among registered voters. Of those 5033, only 22 people across the 4 districts failed to cast a vote on this referendum. This is a voting ratio of 99.56%. For superintendant there were 4,635 votes tallied for a paltry voting rate of only 92.09%.

Fourth, I do not think Jane Wilms or her deputy clerk, Christine Micka, get enough recognition for the work they do to make voting in Germantown such a pleasure. They gave every poll worker the chief inspector training. This is good sense in case the chief is ill, injured or otherise unavailable. Then both were on the job from 7:00 am (setup) until 10:15 pm (canvassing). Plus the next day is hectic because of the reporting to the Washington county clerk by 2:00 pm.

In summary:

For a municipality the character of the chief election official certainly sets the tone, character and, dare I say, legality of the election they supervise.


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