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Voter turnout over 92% in the city of Madison, City Clerk says

MADISON, Wis. - Voter turnout for pre-registered voters in the city of Madison was nearly 93%, with 145,510 voters casting ballots in Tuesday's midterm elections, according to the Madison Clerk's Office.

In comparison, voter turnout was just under 70% for the last governor's race in 2014.

In 2018, over 37,000 absentee ballots were returned in person, a significant increase from under 9,000 in 2014. 

Voter turnout at 6 p.m. reached 95 percent in Maple Bluff, Shorewood Hills and Town of Perry according to Dane County Clerk Scott McDonnell.

The town of Beloit in Sauk County, reported on its Facebook page they ran out of ballots and some of the machines were backed up. 

Rock County also says they’ve been printing ballots throughout the day to keep up with the high voter turnout. They have not been able to give us a voter total just yet.

According to WisPolitics, some precincts in Washington County are seeing a higher than usual turnout as well. The town of Farmington is seeing around 60 percent of registered voters who cast their ballot.

In Cedarburg, 60 percent of registered voters cast their ballots., according to WisPolitics.

WisPolitics also reports that Wausau is at 16 percent voter turnout and Eau Claire is at 21 percent. 

Turnout at 4 p.m. during the 2014 midterm elections was 47 percent while turnout at 5 p.m. during the 2016 general election was 52 percent, according to WisPolitics.

Turnout is about 60 percent of registered voters for Dane County around 4 p.m., according to the county clerk. 

Clerk Scott McDonell said the voter turnout levels in Dane County are tracking at 2016 presidential election numbers. In 2016, 82 percent of registered voters in the county cast a ballot, according to WisPolitics. 

Officials said polling places process absentee ballots throughout the day, so that number includes some absentee ballots and some in-person ballots. 

Officials with the University of Wisconsin-Madison said that as of 2 p.m., the school had issued about 500 ID cards to students who needed them to vote. Prior to Election Day, the school had handed out nearly 8,000 ID cards to students. 

Polls are open until 8 p.m. Tuesday. Click here to get information on what’s on the ballot and where to vote.

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