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Federal, state authorities and groups to monitor poll activity across Wisconsin


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Federal and state authorities will monitor today’s activity at the polls – along with political parties, partisan groups, and private watchdogs.

They’ll all be on the lookout for possible irregularities or voter fraud. Some poll watchers displayed aggressive behavior during the Walker recall voting this summer – so state elections’ officials required that observers stand at least 6 feet away from poll workers.

In Milwaukee, there will be designated areas for observers at each polling place. And when they get full, Election Commission chairman Neil Albrecht says that’s it.

In the recall elections, Republicans complained that poll workers did not get acceptable proof of residency for some who registered at the polls – while the League of Women Voters said some voters were illegally turned away because of disputes over the residency requirements.

The state Government Accountability Board conducted training in the hopes that those problems won’t resurface Tuesday.

The Board also set up a Web site for voters who have questions on matters like this. It has a plethora of voter information, and you can find it at MyVote.WI.Gov.