Clerks across the 18th and 14th Senate districts have been gearing up for a heavy turnout in the recall elections pitting two incumbent Republican senators against their Democrat challengers.
The stage for the final recall election has been set for today in which 18th District state Sen. Randy Hopper, R-Empire, will square off against Democrat candidate Jessica King of Oshkosh while 14th District state Sen. Luther Olsen, R-Ripon, will face challenger state Rep. Fred Clark, D-Baraboo. Hopper and Olsen are among six Republican senators facing recall in today’s election. Two more Democrats face recall elections on Aug. 16.
City clerks in both Fond du Lac and Oshkosh say requests for ab¬sentee ballots have been brisk as well as the number of residents stopping at the counter to vote via absentee ballot in advance of the election.
Fond du Lac City Clerk Sue Strands said her office has mailed out more than 900 absen¬tee ballots and assisted more than 500 walk-ins casting ballots at the counter. Strands predicts voter turnout to be heavy, with as many as 80 percent of the city’s 21,670 registered voters casting ballots.