Milwaukee's central count facility on Election Day. Photo by Adam Kelnhofer, Nov. 3, 3030.

By Adam Kelnhofer

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Milwaukee Election Commission Executive Director Claire Woodall-Vogg predict workers will be counting ballots until about 4 a.m. Wednesday. 

Barrett predicts a total of between 169,000 and 170,000 absentee ballots returned after the final sweep of drop boxes around the city.

He said the 15 drop boxes around the city have been emptied throughout the day and people who wanted to vote early already did, so he didn’t expect many more ballots to come in from the final sweep. 

With some 103,000 ballots processed before the 8 p.m. press conference, Barrett still predicts voter turnout to exceed 2016 numbers, but isn’t sure if his city will reach 2012’s high. 

Woodall-Vogg added there was less confusion about how to drop off an absentee ballot than in August. That’s because poll workers and voters were better educated on how to handle a situation where voters try to drop off their absentee ballot at a polling location instead of an absentee drop box.

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