Despite questions about improper voting by non-residents, referendum results in the Green Lake School District were upheld in Monday’s recount.
Local election officials spent about four hours pouring over the votes, voter rolls and other information, and determined the outcome was the same.
In fact, the margin of defeat grew from 19 to 21, with the amended results of 394 opposed and 373 in favor. That means the referendum failed with 51.4 percent opposition.
Still, the voter who requested the recount — former Green Lake School District Administrator Marty Valasek — has indicated he plans to speak with authorities about concerns of possible improper voting.
“I heard the day after the election that people who live in Illinois but own property [in the Green Lake School District] had voted,” Valasek said. “That’s my objection — that these people, who are not residents of the school district, are voting.”
He also shared concern about information posted on a Green Lake blog, where the operator posted voting requirements, one of which reads:
“[Voters] must have resided in the state of Wisconsin for at least 10 days in the last year, not consecutively ... You will not be able to vote in the spring election where you otherwise reside (Ill, Arizona, Florida for example) and will have to re-register there for their elections.”
Valasek plans to speak with the district attorney’s office “to see what the next steps are.” Read the full story in the Feb. 25 issue of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.