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Report: Primary absentee voting appears to be nearly non-existent

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A very low voter turnout is predicted for Tuesday's primary elections in Wisconsin.

In Afghanistan, the absentee voting for state troops seems to be almost non-existent.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Meg Jones is on her fourth trip to the Middle East to cover the Wisconsin troops. She says many of them didn't even know that the fall primaries were Tuesday.

Sergeant R.W. Lemmons of the National Guard's 829th Engineer Company said he mailed in an absentee ballot two weeks ago. But Jones says it might not get home in time, since four weeks is generally the cutoff for ballots from troops overseas.

The long processing time for handling them is why the federal government forced Wisconsin to move up its fall partisan primaries to mid-August instead of mid-September.

Lemmons says troops have until early October to send in their November absentee ballots. He promises to help anybody in his unit who wants to vote then.

Stateside, only 15 percent of Wisconsin voters are expected to cast ballots Tuesday. The big races are a Democratic primary for state attorney general and a four-way GOP contest for the 6th District U.S. House seat. All polls close at 8 p.m.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)