Town of Salem deals with ballot issue, running out of paper ballots Tuesday afternoon

TOWN OF SALEM (WITI) -- The clerk in the Town of Salem tells FOX6 News they had to deal with a bit of a ballot issue on Election Night Tuesday, November 4th.

Clerk Cindi Ernest says the Town of Salem Town Hall ran out of paper ballots on Tuesday afternoon around 4:30 p.m.

This occurred due to a larger than expected voter turnout, as well as mechanical problems with two touchscreen ballot machines.

The Town of Salem's Town Hall normally has four touchscreen balloting machines for elections, but the breakdown of two of those machines caused the staff to have to use more paper ballots than anticipated.

We're told about 150 ballots were made at the Town of Salem's Town Hall, while another 250 paper ballots were given to the town hall by Kenosha County.

The extra 250 ballots are able to be processed through the normal paper ballot machines.

Town of Salem Clerk Cindi Ernest tells FOX6 News she anticipates the voter turnout number in the Town of Salem will be greater than 50%. Prior to Election Day, there were 6,664 eligible voters in the Town of Salem.