Madison, WI cancels election training for Obama visit

posted at 3:01 pm on November 4, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

Wisconsin is projecting one of their highest turnouts in recent memory on Tuesday and the polls show it to be yet another nail biter. Polling places will very likely be crowded, so election workers will need to be up to speed to avoid problems in getting everything put together and keeping things running smoothly. With that in mind, they clearly need to get everyone trained, right? Not so, if you happen to be in Madison.

Madison election official training sessions canceled for Sunday and Monday

The 11 election official training sessions scheduled for Sunday and Monday in the City-County Building have been canceled, city officials said…

Election officials who planned to attend a training session can instead view a webinar offered on the Government Accountability Board website.

Wow, that must be something pretty serious. Why did they have to cancel? Was it a gas leak? Bomb threat? Earthquake?

The City-County Building is the planned site for a Monday visit by President Barack Obama.

I see. Well, if the President is going to use the facility for a campaign event, I suppose that clearly takes precedence over something as trivial as training the election officials. (Insert #HeadDesk hash tag here, Twitter fans.)

But even if we can’t get all of the officials up to speed, apparently each polling place is going to be up to their eyeballs in election watchers.

MADISON — Wisconsin could see a record number of votes cast in Tuesday’s high-stakes election — and have more citizen scrutiny of the balloting than ever before.

Tea Party groups, the two presidential campaigns and several other organizations claim to have trained thousands of lawyers and ordinary citizens to spend the day at polling places looking for irregularities — and keeping an eye on each other.

Stoking interest is the state’s crucial role in the seesaw presidential and U.S Senate elections this year, on top of white-hot passions that have built during a series of Wisconsin recalls.

No matter how well intentioned, I’m simply not a fan of organized, private “election watchers” who go so far as to question people standing in line at polling places. It just reeks of potential voter intimidation to me, whether it’s being done by a Tea Party group or a gang of union members. However, keeping an eye on the process, including watching for unguarded ballots, people imposing themselves on voters while they are at the ballot station, etc. is no doubt a good idea. But either way, I’m not going to be surprised if we tune in on Tuesday and see an ample helping of chaos going on in Wisconsin yet again.

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Obama’s pinnacle if not his definition: A guy arrested for working himself off in a movie theater.

Liam on November 4, 2012 at 4:33 PM

This was my thought when Cavuto was showing the Million Puppet March yesterday. It absolutely defines the unserious nature of Obama’s presidency. All the problems this country faces and people show up with puppets in protest of cutting Big Bird. Even more stupid, this was supposed to be Million MUPPET March but puppet owners???? got upset so they changed name to PUPPET. If that isn’t the left in spades I don’t know what is.

Greyledge Gal on November 4, 2012 at 5:14 PM


dogsoldier on November 4, 2012 at 5:27 PM


Why not use the police state tactics against itself by installing, by law, facial recognition cameras in each voting booth? This would be hooked up to a national image clearing house, where your image taken and compared to the entire imaging database. If your picture shows up as having been already taken that day in a booth, instead of unlocking the voting machinery you get incinerated (ok, just kidding).

BobMbx on November 4, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Simpler Idea:

Voter ID verification upon Registration.
Voter ID verification upon voting on election day.
Purple thumbprint post vote.
Voter database for those using early voting.

No cameras required :)

Chaz706 on November 4, 2012 at 5:29 PM

In MN, election challengers can only observe the process; if they see something not following the law or question a voter b/c of id, hearing them brag about voting in multiple precincts, etc., they must go to the head election judge or the closest election judge to submit the challenge. Under NO circumstances can the challenger talk to the voter.

In MN challengers or observers cannot talk to anyone in line to vote, period.

MN J on November 4, 2012 at 7:10 PM

I’m simply not a fan of organized, private “election watchers” who go so far as to question people standing in line at polling places.

I would enjoy the opportunity to tell them to f*ck off.

iurockhead on November 4, 2012 at 8:02 PM

My God, will this Midwest San Fransisco want-a-be just give it up…

Anyway I’m sure that traffic will be all snarled up getting to work on Monday. Praying hard for mass depression at the workplace on Wednesday!

WhoU4 on November 4, 2012 at 8:05 PM

The Won may not have any voice left for that huge speech in Madison tomorrow. Just caught a few seconds(all I can take of him) in Oiho and he looked beat and his voice was almost gone. Hope that’s a harbinger of things to come. Beat and gone.

Kissmygrits on November 4, 2012 at 8:57 PM