Wait times of 2+ hours reported at Middleton polling location; clerk cites poll worker shortage

MIDDLETON, Wis. — Voters in Middleton on Tuesday experienced long lines at polling locations in the area, with some voters waiting more than two hours to cast their ballot.

Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell confirmed to News 3 Now the long lines are due to a shortage of poll workers in both the city and town of Middleton. News 3 Now received several reports from viewers describing long wait times at the Town of Middleton’s polling place.

One viewer, Karen Steiner, reported being in line for a total of two hours and 55 minutes before she was able to cast her vote.

“The line was friendly and enthusiastic despite the long wait,” Steiner said.

Another voter, Steve Kurr, said the hours-long wait was worth it.

“There’s a lot at stake in our state,” Kurr said. “There’s no reason why I wouldn’t want to be out here and vote. I’m not going to pass up a chance to have a say.”

Speaking to reporters after polls closed on Tuesday, Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Meagan Wolfe said she was aware of the long wait times in the Town of Middleton and other areas around the state, but said she did not think it was unusual.

“I don’t think it was anything that was especially unusual or interfered with anybody’s ability to vote,” Wolfe said.

Everyone who was in line when polls closed at 8 p.m. was allowed to stay in line and cast their ballot. A News 3 Now crew at the scene saw people still in line to vote past 10 p.m.