Statewide as of Friday, about 110,000 absentee ballots had been requested by election clerks who use the statewide voter database. The ballots are mailed and collected locally, so there is no overall total for how many have been requested or returned.
In Green Bay four years ago, about half of the 8,300 people who voted early did so in person, Teske the clerk said. She expects even more people to do so this year.
In Milwaukee in 2008, about 33,000 people voted in-person early out of the 280,000 city residents who cast ballots in the election, said Neil Albrecht, executive director of Milwaukee’s election commission.
He’s preparing for big crowds, as is Sun Prairie city clerk Diane Hermann-Brown. She expects it to be comparable to 2008 when 35 percent of people who voted in the city did so absentee, either by mail or in person.
“I think we’re going to get hit,” she said. “It’s going to be heavy turnout.”
Wisconsin state election officials are predicting about 3 million people, or 69 percent of the state’s 4.378 million voters, will cast ballots in the election.
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