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Report: 110 missing ballots in Monroe from recount in Senate primary

MONROE, WI (WTAQ) - Officials said 110 ballots turned up missing at a recount in a close Wisconsin Senate primary -- and it could swing the outcome.

WisPolitics.Com said the Green County clerk's office could not track down the missing ballots -- and they'll have to certify the final results Wednesday afternoon without them.

The missing ballots were from Monroe. The election night tally from the August 12th Democratic primary gave Ernie Wittwer a 7 vote victory over Pat Bomhack with about 7,700 votes cast throughout the district.

In Monroe, Wittwer had 523 votes to Bomhack's 337.

Green County Clerk Michael Doyle says it's likely that Wittwer had a higher proportion of missing ballots -- so their disappearance could hurt him the most.

WisPolitics said Monroe's police chief and a detective helped him search the city hall Tuesday, and nothing turned up. They also interviewed poll workers.

Doyle says he doesn't know what else to do, so his office can only certify the ballots it has.

The primary winner will run against state Assembly Republican Howard Marklein in November for the Senate seat that's being given up by Richland Center moderate Dale Schultz.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)