UPDATE: Wis. Voters Brave Wintry Weather in Court Primary

UPDATED Tuesday, February 19, 2013--9:50p.m.
MADISON--Voters didn't so much flock to their local polling places this morning; it was more like a drizzle. "We had 2.5 percent turnout at 11 o'clock this morning," said Madison City Clerk Maribeth Witzel-Behl. She thinks the weather may have played into the slow start. "People were not able to get to the polls right away because of the bad snowstorm that we got last night and wanted to spend a little more time traveling to work," she said. "So maybe people who normally would vote before work may be voting after work today."

Voter participation in Madison climbed to 6.6 percent by this afternoon--and Witzel-Behl was expecting the final tally to reach around 13 percent or higher by the time the polls closed.

Statewide, turnout was expected to be below 10 percent.
"So we're expecting under 430,000 people voting," said Kevin Kennedy, the director of the Government Accountability Board.

Lower participation than last November--but also lower costs: "We spent about $10 million on the election in November," said Kennedy.
He said they don't yet have an estimate for today's tally.
"It's still an expensive proposition but it's not going to be $10 million," he said.
UPDATED Tuesday, February 19, 2013 --- 11:05 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Voters are trickling into to the polls to cast ballots in the Wisconsin Supreme Court primary.

Marquette University law professor Ed Fallone and lemon law attorney Vince Megna are trying to unseat Justice Pat Roggensack. The top two vote-getters Tuesday will advance to the April general election.

Turnout on Tuesday was predicted to be less than 10 percent.

Fifty-eight-year-old Mitch Wiersema was one of just a handful of voters who found their way to a Sun Prairie polling site. He says he voted for Fallone because he believes Roggensack is trying to advance a conservative agenda.

Forty-three-year-old David Rogman of Milwaukee said he voted for Roggensack. He says he thinks Roggensack is fair-minded and doesn't try to legislate from the bench.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 -- 9:17 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The field of candidates for Wisconsin Supreme Court is about to be narrowed from three to just two.

The nonpartisan race for the high court is the only statewide contest on Tuesday's primary ballot. Justice Pat Roggensack is seeking a second 10-year term and is being challenged by Marquette University law professor Ed Fallone and Milwaukee consumer law attorney Vince Megna.

The two highest vote-getters will face each other in the April 2 election.
Turnout for the election was predicted to be less than 10 percent.

A wintry blast of weather across the state, with cold temperatures and snow in the forecast, could also keep voter numbers down.

The polls opened at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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