Early Voting in Waukesha Exceeds Gubernatorial Election
Eight percent of registered voters request absentee ballots.
Early voting in Waukesha in the special recall election against Gov. Scott Walker has exceeded absentee voting in the November 2010 election when Walker won.
Walker faces the same challenger that he did in November 2010 during Tuesday's recall election – Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.
As of 3 p.m. Friday, 4,339 absentee ballots were requested with 2,202, ballots being cast at City Hall. The remaining 2,137 ballots were issued via the mail, according to information from Deputy Clerk/Treasurer Gina Kozlik.
"We’ve been averaging over 300 per day, but today I think we will make 400," Kozlik wrote in an email to Patch.
The total absentee ballots requested account for 8 percent of registered voters in Waukesha. The Government Accountability Board is predicting a 60 to 65 percent turnout in Tuesday’s election.
There was a steady line of voters at City Hall around 3:30 p.m. Friday waiting to vote absentee.
Just over 3,000 absentee ballots were cast via absentee in the last gubernatorial election.
As of May 25, more than 110,000 voters have requested absentee ballots or voted early in clerk’s offices throughout the state, according to information on the Government Accountability Board’s website.
Seventy-five percent of absentee ballots are in-person, according to the GAB, with the remainder being mailed. There were 68,000 ballots cast in the May recall primary election and 230,744 cast statewide in the last gubernatorial election.