Voters to choose next Supreme Court justice, decide fate of treasurer’s office today

Photo by Michelle Stocker, The Capital Times

The Elections Commission isn’t making any turnout predictions as voters today choose the next state Supreme Court justice and weigh in on a constitutional amendment to eliminate the office of state treasurer.

Instead, the commission noted there have been seven spring elections since 2000 with a contested statewide election for Supreme Court justice, but without a presidential primary.

Turnout in those races has ranged from 34.3 percent in 2011, as Justice David Prosser narrowly defeated JoAnne Kloppenburg in a race that became a referendum on Act 10, to 18.2 percent in 2009, as Justice Shirley Abrahamson easily won re-election over Randy Koschnick.

The average turnout has been 21.5 percent of the voting age population.

The current voting age population is almost 4.5 million; average turnout would be about 961,000 voters.

Polls opened at 7 a.m. and are to close at 8 p.m.

As results come in, Supreme Court candidates Rebecca Dallet and Michael Screnock will be spending election night close to home.

Screnock, a Sauk County judge, will be at Trappers Turn Golf Club in the Wisconsin Dells.

Dallet, a Milwaukee County judge, will be at the Good City Brewing in Milwaukee.

Follow tonight’s developments in the Election Blog: