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Spring election sees voters go to polls in huge numbers

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Ted Sullivan
April 6, 2011
— Voters flooded the polls Tuesday, roughly doubling the turnout for a typical spring election.

Forty-two percent of registered voters went to the polls in Rock County, compared to a 14.5 percent in spring 2010.


Thirty-seven percent of registered voters turned out in Walworth County, compared to 20 percent in spring 2010.


The state Government Accountability Board predicted a 20 percent turnout statewide.


Rock County Clerk Lori Stottler said she expected high turnout because of a strong interest in municipal, school board and state races. She said nice weather also helped.


Stottler said lots of extra ballots were printed midday Tuesday because of anticipated shortages.


The city of Milton still ran short and had to hand count a few ballots, but that didn’t delay returns by too much time and the city didn’t have any close races, she said.


“This is over double what we would typically see in a spring election,” Stottler said. “I’m just glad it went smooth and problem-free.”


Walworth County Clerk Kim Bushey said she also expected high turnout because of interest in local and state races. She said residents are active in politics right now.


She said Walworth County printed more ballots when precincts requested them. She said the day went well.



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