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Wis Voters Turn Out in Record Numbers for Election

Posted Thursday, November 29, 2012 --- 12:13 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- State election officials say more than 3 million Wisconsin voters cast ballots in this month's presidential election, setting a state record.

The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board says official results certified Thursday show that 3.07 million votes were cast. That's the highest number of votes cast for a single office in a statewide election in state history.

Board director Kevin Kennedy says the turnout rate was 70.1 percent of Wisconsin's 4.3 million eligible voters. State turnout for the 2008 presidential election was about 69 percent, and top turnouts of about 73 percent were recorded in 1960 and 2004.

The certified results confirm that President Barack Obama finished with 53 percent of the vote, and Republican challenger Mitt Romney got 46 percent.

Statistics on absentee ballots and same-day voter registrations are still being compiled.

Copyright 2012: Associated Press


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