MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Voters in a number of Wisconsin cities are said to be turning out in greater numbers than expected in Tuesday’s recall elections.
Appleton City Clerk Char Peterson says turnout is much higher than expected and feels more than 75 percent of voters will cast a ballot in Tuesday's election.
Green Bay City Clerk Kris Teske says as of 1 p.m., 39 percent of eligible voters had cast ballots. Teske was busy running over 10,000 extra ballots out to polling places due to the high turnout.
In Milwaukee, the city Election Commission had to send additional workers to 9 polling places.
Commission director Sue Edman said long lines had formed, mainly because of the large number of new voters registering at the polls Tuesday.
In Delafield, at least 100 new voters registered from Tuesday morning until mid-afternoon.
In the Madison area, 27 percent of eligible voters had cast ballots by 11 a.m., more than in the 2010 gubernatorial election. In fact, some communities reported turnouts as high or higher than for the most popular election – that of president.
Voters are deciding whether Republican Scott Walker should be the third governor in U.S. history to be recalled – or whether he should be the first ever to survive a recall challenge.
Rebecca Kleefisch is the nation’s first-ever lieutenant governor targeted for recall. Contests are also being held for 4 state Senate seats, and Democrats will take control of the chamber with at least one victory.
All polls close at 8 p.m.