High Turnout for In-Person Absentee Voting

By: Rachelle Baillon Email
By: Rachelle Baillon Email

Tuesday, October 30, 2012--5:45p.m.
MADISON--We talked with the Madison city clerk about what they're seeing in terms of turnout for people looking to vote absentee in-person. We're told that in 2008 more than 17,000 people came here to the clerk's office to go ahead and vote absentee. So far in 2012 we're looking at more than 11,200. "Yesterday it was 1,764 people who voted absentee at the counter and typically the final week that number increases every day," said Maribeth Witzel-Behl, the Madison city clerk.

She predicts the total will top the final tally from four years ago.
"We've seen so many absentee voters in person that we are likely to surpass the number of in-person absentee voters that we had in 2008," she said. "Even though the amount of time to vote absentee in-person is cut in half this time."

If you want to vote absentee in-person, but are worried about having to wait in line, Witzel-Behl says don't be: "There have been quite a few times where there's been no line," she said. "And then the line typically is 20 minutes or less. Yesterday it did get to be about 30 minutes long, but if you come in and you see the line looks like it did in 2008 keep in mind that the line's moving four times as fast this year because we have twice the number of stations open and the statewide voter registration system is twice as fast."

The last day to vote absentee in-person is this Friday. However, Witzel-Behl says they're having special extended hours until seven every night this week.

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