Early voters are already casting ballots. Some cities are seeing big turnouts in the Senate showdown between Republican Alberta Darling and Democrat Sandy Pasch. “We were shocked at the turnout,” said Whitefish Bay Clerk Jennifer Amerell.
That’s because the absentee ballots are piling up in Whitefish Bay. Hundreds of voters have already made up their minds and wanted to vote early. “We actually had to call in two poll workers to come in and help because it was so busy,” said Amerell. Friday was the last day to vote absentee in person in the 8th State Senate district .
Historically, voters could cast an absentee ballot up until five o’clock the day before an election, but not anymore. That all changed under the new Voter ID Law.
“It was news to me,” said Jason Wier. He tried to vote on Monday. “I heard on the radio it was easy to do and it was open. I guess the cut off was last Friday. I will be back tomorrow.”
7% of Menomonee Falls has already voted. Germantown comes in at 9%.
In Milwaukee, 10% of the voters in 10 Milwaukee wards have already voted. Whitefish Bay absentee voting hit 11%, Mequon is at 12% and Shorewood tops out at 13.5%.
Germantown resident Dorie Hoffman plans to vote by absentee ballot. When asked what caught her attention about this race Hoffmann said: “All the mail you get. The advertising on the radio and the TV, talking to people. It’s a big election.”
Don’t be surprised if you are asked for an ID, but you won’t be required to show one to vote. That part of the law doesn’t kick in until next year.
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