Primary election turnout in Dane County at nearly 36%

MADISON, Wis. — Just under 36% of pre-registered voters turned out to cast ballots in Dane County for Wisconsin’s primary election, according to preliminary data from the county’s clerk’s office.

As of 11 p.m. Tuesday, turnout for the city was at 35.8%, with 129,632 ballots cast out of 362,490 registered voters.

Polling places in Madison saw a steady but relatively slow stream of voters earlier Tuesday.

As of 4 p.m., 39,874 ballots were counted in the city, according to the clerk’s office. That came out to roughly 23% of pre-registered voters and includes absentee ballots that have been processed and votes cast on Tuesday.

Updated figures for the city were not immediately available.

Connie Phair, who runs the voting site at Sequoya Library, said Tuesday afternoon absentee responses have been good.

“I would say this has been the slowest that I’ve seen in terms of absentees that have been requested,” she said, “and also the level that have come back has been high of those that have been requested.”