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Audit confirms vote accuracy in Dodge County

November 16, 2018

JUNEAU — Audits of randomly selected voting equipment in Dodge County confirmed the accuracy of the voting system, according to Dodge County Clerk Karen Gibson.

Gibson reported Thursday that three municipalities in Dodge County were randomly chosen by the Wisconsin Elections Commission to conduct post-election audits of the voting equipment.

The election commission is required by state law to audit each voting system that is used in the state following each general election. Last week, Gibson, as well as the city of Beaver Dam Clerk John Somers, the city of Fox Lake Clerk Sue Hollnagel, and the city of Waupun Clerk Angie Hull, were notified of their selection to participate in the audit.

The three municipalities conducted audit at the Dodge County Administration Building Wednesday. Votes were tallied by hand for the governor, congressional district, Assembly district and sheriff or Senate district contests for the selected voting districts.

The city of Beaver Dam Wards 7, 12 and 13 had 1,257 ballots cast, the city of Fox Lake had 583 ballots cast and the city of Waupun wards 1 through 8 had 1,893 ballots cast. Following a hand count, votes tallied were compared to results reported on election night from the election equipment.

According to Gibson the hand-tallied results matched the election equipment tally from election night.

“Hand counting ballots is a tedious process but the municipalities involved kept at it until everything was complete,” Gibson said. “Everyone involved was very pleased when their end result matched the machine totals. I thank not only the three municipalities but all of the municipalities and election inspectors in Dodge County who helped make the mid term elections run smoothly and professionally.”

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