Ahead of poll closure, clerks report surge in turnout

Photo by Saiyna Bashir, The Capital Times

Polls have closed across the state as clerks are reporting a surge in turnout, with some counties nearing presidential numbers.

Meanwhile, some polling locations reported seeing ballot shortages as voters weighed in today on contests in the governor’s race, U.S. Senate, Congress, the Legislature and constitutional offices.

Dane County turnout figures were tracking those of the 2016 presidential election as of this afternoon, according to the Dane County clerk; while¬†staff in the Waukesha County clerk’s office suggest turnout in the GOP stronghold could end up surpassing presidential levels based on anecdotal evidence.

And in Milwaukee, Election Commission Executive Director Neil Albrecht is anticipating a turnout of around 200,000, or 65 percent of registered voters. Albrecht said that number could inch higher based on how busy poll workers are. In the 2016 presidential election, about 241,000 voters cast a ballot.

Meanwhile in Beloit, the city clerk reported ballot shortages because officials hadn’t run enough copies in anticipation of today’s election, though the issue was resolved ahead of polls closing. Officials estimate turnout to be around 46 percent among eligible voters in the city.

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