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Wausau polling locations run out of ballots

WAOW Television

Multiple polling locations in Wausau ran out of ballots for one or more wards on Tuesday.

The city prepared enough ballots to supply a 30 percent voter turnout rate. But by 4 p.m., voter turnout rate had reached 27 percent.

Four out of the city's six polling locations ran out of ballots in at least one ward.

This increased voter wait times to up to 30 minutes at some locations, with voters at Thrive Church and Pilgrim Lutheran Church experiencing the longest lines.

"Suddenly, we get busy, and the whole place just goes crazy, it's been crazy all day, like an avalanche of people," said Brenda McGrath, Chief Inspector at Thrive Church.

She said replacement ballots were printed very quickly from the County Clerk's office, and voters used a machine to vote in the meantime. No voter who wanted to cast a ballot was turned away.

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