Daily Bread for 11.11.22: For Wisconsin, an Orderly Election

Good morning.

Veteran’s Day in Whitewater will be partly cloudy with a high of 39. Sunrise is 6:42 AM and sunset 4:35 PM for 9h 52m 07s of daytime. The moon is a waning gibbous with 90.6% of its visible disk illuminated.

The Whitewater Unified School District will conduct a canvass of referendum results at 2 PM

On this day in 1918, Germany signs an armistice agreement with the Allies in a railroad car in the forest of Compiègne:

On 11 November, at 5:00 am, an armistice with Germany was signed in a railroad carriage at Compiègne. At 11 am on 11 November 1918—”the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month”—a ceasefire came into effect. During the six hours between the signing of the armistice and its taking effect, opposing armies on the Western Front began to withdraw from their positions, but fighting continued along many areas of the front, as commanders wanted to capture territory before the war ended. The occupation of the Rhineland took place following the Armistice. The occupying armies consisted of American, Belgian, British and French forces.

Genevieve Redsten reports Election officials braced themselves. But in the end, voting in Wisconsin was smooth:

It was as if the whole state was holding its breath, just waiting for something contentious on Election Day.

The mixture of election deniers, fraud claimers, a host of new poll observers and a wary public stoked fears of voter intimidation and confrontation across Wisconsin.

But Tuesday’s electoral process was mostly orderly.

Election officials said they were better prepared to count votes and manage disputes at the polls. The observers, they said, were calm and respectful.

“We were bracing ourselves for bad behavior at the polling places with the nature of the political environment right now,” said Appleton City Clerk Kami Lynch. “But there weren’t any kind of incidents related to that.”

Even the City of Milwaukee’s absentee ballot count went off without a hitch. City Election Commission Executive Director Claire Woodall-Vogg arrived at the county courthouse about 11 p.m., with the results of more than 60,000 absentee ballots. Four years ago, it was after midnight when more than 47,000 absentee ballots from Milwaukee suddenly gave Tony Evers his first solid lead over Scott Walker — spawning a host of conspiracy theories.

This time, Woodall-Vogg said overall there was “great communication” with people who showed up to watch the election unfold.

“I think there’s just more interest than ever before in observing the process,” she said.

Despite the overall smoothness, there were a few bumps.

In West Bend, a man was arrested after bringing a knife into a polling place and demanding officials “stop the voting.” The threat delayed voting at the site for about 30 minutes.

The West Bend man should be psychologically evaluated, and thereafter dealt with accordingly.

We are fortunate, however, that there were as few problems as there were.

Progress back to normal is still progress.  

Footage shows Russian troops scrambling to escape Kherson city:

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