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.
With 145,510 voters, the City of Madison had 92.9% turnout today (as a percentage of pre-registered voters).— Madison WI Clerk (@MadisonWIClerk) November 7, 2018
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.
Some of the communities reporting their results have over 95% turnout of registered voters. Maple Bluff, Shorewood Hills, Town of Perry....— Scott McDonell (@samcdonell) November 7, 2018
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.
2 pm 50% estimated turnout.— Scott McDonell (@samcdonell) November 6, 2018
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.
Hey, Badgers! Still need a photo ID that complies with state law? All of our polling places on the @UWMadison campus can issue an ID for voting purposes to students on site. #BadgersVote #GoVote pic.twitter.com/2odq6RDojR— Madison WI Clerk (@MadisonWIClerk) November 6, 2018
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