Minor issues reported with ballots, voting machines during Wisconsin Primary

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MILWAUKEE COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Election officials say there has been a steady flow of people coming in to vote at the 190 locations across the city.

The Election Commission says there hasn't been any major issues so far, but they have encountered some misunderstandings along the way.

In the Spanish translation for the Lieutenant Governor Race, Patrick Baird looked to be listed as a Democrat.

The Election Commission says there was an error in the column's header. They say Baird is actually listed as a Libertarian. 

The Commission says they posted instructions at affected sites to help with the confusion.

There was also a report of a Greendale High School machine not reading properly but the Commissions says techs went to fix the issue and a backup machine was put in its place.

Executive Director of the City of Milwaukee's Election Commission, Neil Albrecht reminds citizens that this is that one election every two years where you have to choose your preferred political party on the ballot and then pick individual candidates from that preferred party. 

"A lot of people want to cross party vote, they say I don't vote for political parties, I vote for candidates. If you do that for more than one political party, there's a good chance your ballot is going to be rejected at the voting machine," said Albrecht.

Election officials are expecting about a 25% to 30% voter turnout statewide.

Early voting ended on Saturday with 2,400 ballots. That's up more than a thousand from the 2014 primary. 

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