Waukesha company trying to ballot problems before Tuesday's election

Waukesha company trying to ballot problems before Tuesday's election

By WTMJ News Team. CREATED Mar 27, 2012

MILWAUKEE- The Milwaukee County Election Commission expects to have a ballot problem fixed before Tuesday's election.

There was a problem with the initial ballots, now a Waukesha County company is trying to make sure they get all of the ballots printed out in time for next week's election.

Marek Group workers are earning a lot of overtime this week, thanks to a ballot printing error at another company.  It was a real scramble on Friday, we got the call.  We worked all Friday, all Saturday, all Sunday.  We were on press Monday morning," said Fuzzy Marek, Marek Group's CEO.

The Marek Group has held the contract to print Milwaukee County ballots for the past 25 years.  This year, the county went with a lower bidder -- but that company printed the ballots in a way that they county's optical readers won't compute the information.

"For our employees, we've been working on this project for at least 25 years to be able to come and help the county, it's very exciting," said Fuzzy Marek to TODAY'S TMJ4.

Milwaukee County Administrator Lisa Weiner would not go on camera, but says absentee ballots that were already sent out will have to be read by hand, or converted by poll workers to the new ballots.  A task that will take poll workers additional time to add up all of the ballots.

With the new ballots on the printers, the Marek Company is expected to finish printing the new 230 thousand ballots by Tuesday, getting them to county headquarters by Wednesday.

The Milwaukee County election officials couldn't say how much this error is going to cost, they said they would have that figure after the election.