Wisconsin shatters Midterm early voting record

Published: Nov. 5, 2018 at 3:16 PM CST
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Nearly 600,000 people have already voted in Wisconsin's midterm election, breaking the record for absentee ballots returned for a midterm.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission has received 547,000 absentee ballots. That's well over the 2014 total of 374,294 out of 2.42 million ballots cast.

The 2016 presidential election still holds the overall record in Wisconsin with 819,000 absentee ballots out of 2.99 million.

“Absentee voting has been very strong this fall, but still trails the overall record absentee ballots set for the 2016 Presidential and General Election,” said Meagan Wolfe, Wisconsin’s chief elections official. “We do not know yet whether record absentee voting for a midterm will mean higher than normal turnout for this election.”

Midterms usually draw 50-55 percent of the voting age population. A presidential election will draw 65-70 percent.

Any voter that's filled out an absentee ballot must deliver it to a polling place or municipal clerk's office by Tuesday.

The polls are open 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.