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Post Election There's No Rest for the WearySubmitted: 11/07/2012
Story By Lyndsey Stemm

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RHINELANDER - Almost everyone can breathe a sigh of relief that Wisconsin's year of elections is over... almost.

Many voters, and even the candidates themselves can go into a post-election coma today. But county clerks are still hard at work to put this election to bed.

November 6th will last 45 more days for employees in county clerk offices. The day after the election each municipality in Oneida County brings in their ballots, registrations and voter logs to County Clerk Mary Bartelt's office.

The Thursday after every election they begin the Board of Canvass.

"We will be going through each and every individual poll book counting by hand, versus the result tape, and cross reference everything to the election night spread sheet," says Bartelt.

Monday they'll basically count again to record every vote for the State Voter Registration System.

"We bring up the township it's in, and then we start scanning and beeping in every single one individually. That's how we record our votes," says Bartelt.

If everything balances they'll file away the poll books and ballots.

"Poll books have to be saved for ten years. These are actually put down in our storage room. All the ballots have to be locked up for 22 months," says Bartelt.

Elections are like the Olympics of county clerk work: they come around every four years and take a ton of prep work.

"There isn't a dull day, especially this year with the six elections that we had. We'll never forget how to do an election, how to set it up in the SVR System," says Bartelt.

Important skills used a half dozen times this year alone.

"Next year it's going to be like a piece of cake if we just have two elections," says Bartelt.

This election saw 86 percent voter turnout in Oneida County. That's ten to 15 percent higher than the last presidential election.

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