Errors Put Some Oak Creek Residents In Wrong Voting District
Clerk's office says problems in Oak Creek appear to be straightened out.
The glitch that resulted in some Wisconsin voters listed as living in Africa caused its share of problems in Oak Creek.
Some Oak Creek residents were inaccurately assigned to voting districts in nearby communities, such as Franklin and Muskego, and some as far away as the west coast of Africa, Acting City Clerk Christa Miller said.
The problems happened after state lawmakers redrew legislative maps last summer, a process that happens every 10 years in conjunction with the U.S. census.
But this year, legislators relied on census data that contained errors, resulting in thousands of voters listed in the wrong district, according to a Journal Sentinel report.
Miller said she's confident the city's information is now accurate after going through each street and verifying that all voters are where they should be.
"The Oak Creek's clerk's office has spent many hours over the past several weeks doing everything possible to ensure that our voters are correctly placed in the appropriate district/ward," Miller said. "Barring any unforeseen issues that may arise at the GAB level, I feel comfortable with our voter data at this point and do not anticipate any problems."
The first election of the year will be held Feb. 21, a primary that will include races for Oak Creek mayor, city clerk, 6th District alderman and Milwaukee County supervisor.