With such an anticipated election .
many people in our area waited late into the night
to see results start to come in.
If you're wondering why it takes so long for results
to come in after polls close .
area clerks say it's important to remember that anyone
still registering or in line to vote at 8 o'clock
still has to have a chance to cast their ballot.
They also say the large amount of absentee ballots
this year created a delay in announcing vote totals.
When you think about feeding ballots through a machine,
and one of the election
workers put this in good perspective
for me, they said if you can feed four ballots through
a machine in one minute, it's going to take you four
hours to get through a thousand.
Absentee ballots can't be opened and counted until
after the polls close.
Nearly 5-thousand absentee ballots were submitted
in Onalaska alone.