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Wisconsin Ballot Problems? Not So, Say State Officials

Comstock/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(MILWAUKEE) -- Wisconsin state officials have dismissed reports of widespread ballot problems as voters make their decision in Tuesday’s Republican primary.

An aide to Mitt Romney said Tuesday morning that the campaign had heard rumors of  ballot glitches across the state, including in some municipal races, that resembled those reported in the Illinois primary two weeks ago: Ballots were incorrectly sized and could not fit into the scanners.

The Romney campaign attributed Tuesday’s reports to the Wisconsin Republican Party.

The Government Accountability Board, which oversees election proceedings in Wisconsin, told ABC News that these reports were wrong.

When state officials tested the voting equipment 10 days ago, they did uncover ballot problems in three counties: Milwaukee, Dane and Portage.  But a spokesman for the accountability board said the problems had been fixed, and that voting was expected to run smoothly.

The board has not yet heard any reports of problems.

The Democratic Party of Wisconsin, which is running several candidates in municipal elections, told ABC News it had not heard about any ballot difficulties either.

The Republican Party of Wisconsin did not respond to ABC News’ requests for comment.

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Some Illinois Ballots Too Big for Their Scanners

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(NAPERSVILLE, Ill.) -- Election officials in Illinois are discovering that size does matter. In 26 jurisdictions across the state, the ballots are too big to fit into the scanners, sources at the Illinois State Board of Elections tell ABC News.

The sizing problem means the affected polling places have had to scramble to find a way to count the ballots in Tuesday night’s Republican primary.

Elections officials describe the scope of the problem as “sporadic,” and includes several districts in DuPage County, the third most populous county in the state. Across some precincts the issue is widespread, while in other precincts it’s only hitting a handful of ballots. There are even instances of properly sized ballots and improperly sized ballots popping up in the same polling place.

The cause behind the improper sizing is still unknown, but election officials have traced the affected ballots to two specific vendors.

The problem appears to be under control, or at least well on its way. Counties ordered ballots to be re-printed, and in the interim time period while waiting for the new ballots, all but one of the 26 affected jurisdictions had electronic touch screens which voters were redirected to use.

In some polling places, already-cast ballots are being re-made by hand, with representatives from both parties supervising to make sure that the re-making follows proper procedure.

Election officials confirm to ABC News that this will likely slow down the rate at which results are tabulated Tuesday evening.

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Rick Santorum Fails to Qualify for Indiana Ballot

Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Rick Santorum did not fulfill the requirements to make the ballot in Indiana, the Indiana Republican Party announced Friday.

The primary is not scheduled until May 8.

Candidates needed 500 verified signatures from each of the nine congressional districts in the state.

The Indiana GOP told ABC News that Santorum fell short in the seventh congressional district, where the state capitol and largest city, Indianapolis, is located.

The state does not allow write-in candidates, but Santorum told reporters Friday in Fulton, Mo., that the campaign is challenging the decision. He blamed falling short of the signature requirement on re-districting and signatures that were disqualified. The former Pennsylvania senator said he’s confident he will end up on the ballot.

“From our perspective -- and they invalidated a whole bunch of signatures -- we’re going to review,” Santorum said. “We’re only 24 short. They invalidated 200 that they said were not good because of ditto marks, things like that. We’re going to go back and look. We have to make up 24 signatures and I think the fundamental issue is you can’t have petitions circulated and have one district be one thing and then half way through have the district change and not count the signatures that were given at the time that they were in fact in that district. So we’ve got some very credible, I’m sure solid, legal challenges, and I have no doubt that we’ll be on the ballot there.”

Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul all made it on to the Indiana ballot.

Santorum has consistently said that he will continue to stay in the race for the long haul and collect delegates up until the convention, but this marks the second state where he won’t be on the ballot and, therefore, not eligible to collect delegates.

He also did not qualify for the ballot in Virginia where there are 49 delegates at stake (only Mitt Romney and Ron Paul qualified). In Indiana there are 46 delegates at stake.

Both Virginia and Indiana are states where delegates are allocated proportionally, as opposed to “winner takes all,” meaning these are states Santorum could ride out of with delegates despite not claiming victory.

Just last month in South Carolina, Santorum told reporters how important it was to get on the ballot in every state, pointing out that despite having a “campaign that was surviving on oxygen through a swizzle stick” they made getting on ballots a priority.

“We actually made the decision in December while we were sitting at two and three percent in the polls, in the national polls, not to put money in Iowa and actually to put money to getting on state ballots -- in December when people were saying you need to get on TV, if you don’t do well in Iowa you aren’t even going to get on these states, and we always believed in that, so I think you have to look at, given the resources we had, it’s amazing the states that we are on,” Santorum said. “And I think it shows a hopefulness and an optimism that our campaign always believed when every reporter was asking us, ‘Why are you in this race?’ We were putting $5- and $10,000, which was a ton of money for us back in December, [into] Oklahoma, Louisiana and places like that, so it’s really paid off for us.”

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Newt Gingrich Considering Joining Rick Perry’s Virginia Lawsuit

Alex Wong/Getty Images(CARROLL, Iowa) -- The Newt Gingrich campaign says it was contacted by members of Rick Perry’s team Thursday about joining the lawsuit the Texas governor filed against the Republican party of Virginia in the state’s Eastern District Federal Court.

Both GOP candidates were shut out of the state’s Super Tuesday primary ballot after failing to meet the requirement of filing 10,000 verifiable signatures by the deadline.

The Gingrich campaign has until Jan. 6 to decide if they would like to join the lawsuit, and they are considering it, according to campaign spokesman R.C. Hammond.

“Clearly Virginia is a flawed system, anything that can be done to give the choice of the top Republican candidates would be beneficial to all Republican voters,” Hammond said.

Gingrich leads in the latest Virginia polls, but if the lawsuit does not proceed, the former Speaker of the House has no chance of making it onto the ballot, as write-in votes are not allowed in the state.

A legal adviser for the Gingrich camp told ABC News that the other campaigns left off the ballot would be able to join the lawsuit, because the nature of the suit is a violation of first amendment rights. The suit alleges that the state’s standards of gathering 10,000 voter signatures -- 400 from each district -- make it near impossible to land on the ballot.

The Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman campaigns did not submit signatures, while the Gingrich, Perry, Ron Paul and Mitt Romney campaigns submitted more than the amount required. The state’s Republican party announced Gingrich did not make the ballot on Dec. 24.

All campaigns have until Jan. 6 to decide if they will join the suit, which will be heard on Jan. 13.

Another unrelated lawsuit to get Gingrich on the ballot was announced Thursday by Virginia resident Jonathon Moseley, who reportedly filed the suit in Richmond County Circuit Court. The lawsuit is reportedly not connected to Gingrich or his campaign.

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