Newly designed election ballots wont be used in Dane
County because the county clerk believes they are
Scott McDonell told News 3 that he's already ordered
ballots printed with the old design.
"We had no problem with the old ballot style," McDonell
said in an interview Friday. "It looked good and seemed
intuitive to us. The new one was kind of a washout
with a lot of white on it. At least that was the strong
opinion of our staff that has designed our ballot
for the last 20 years."
McDonell said the ballots that will be used in Dane
County have been approved by the Government Accountability
Board, although he said he was given direction from
GAB staff "preferring a different style."
"Our take was that the GAB board can order a different
style under statutes, but that the style we used is
just fine," said McDonell.
GAB Director Kevin Kennedy said that because of litigation
they are limited in what they can say about Dane County's
decision, but described Dane County's ballot as "pretty
Earlier this week a group of Republican lawmakers
filed a lawsuit in Waukesha County Circuit Court arguing
that the forms are confusing and make it difficult
for voters to differentiate between different offices
and clearly separate candidates who are running.
McDonell said that he didn't agree with the substance
of that lawsuit necessarily, but that "the differences
are at the margin here."
The complaint comes after the state's chief elections
official, Kevin Kennedy, on Tuesday dismissed concerns
raised by the state Republican Party about the ballot,
saying it wasn't practical or necessary to redesign
The lawsuit seeks a court order to block the Government
Accountability Board from prescribing the ballots
and from stopping counties from using other ballots
that don't conform to the model.
McDonell said he agreed with Kennedy that at this
point it would be expensive and prohibitive to order
new ballots to be printed.