Clerk: Nearly 30% of Madison voters already cast their ballot

Updated: Nov. 8, 2022 at 4:21 AM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) -The polls have not even opened on Election Day in Madison and, already, three of every ten registered voters in the city have turned in a ballot, according to numbers provided by the city clerk’s office.

With election offices not accepting absentee ballots on Monday, the Madison City Clerk tweeted updated numbers in the morning. According to its figures, nearly 55,000 of those votes have been ballots returned to the clerk’s office, this includes the more than 23,000 people who have cast an absentee ballot in person. That’s out of approximately 184,000 total registered voters total in Madison, which of course, is a higher number than will likely vote in the November election.

Per the Wisconsin Elections Commission, in-person absentee voter statistics are accounted for in the total number of ballots returned.

Adding the rest of Dane Co. to Madison’s numbers, the early voting trend continues, with over 110,000 absentee ballots returned and nearly 50,000 more people voting in person absentee, combined.

CountyAbsentee Ballots IssuedIn Person Absentee VotersAbsentee Ballots Returned
Dane123,19348,264110,836
Rock19,4746,12717,114
Sauk7,1532,3446,404

“We’re up about 25,000 votes from four years ago which is a pretty significant increase, we could rival presidential numbers,” said Scott McDonell, Dane County clerk. “Not quite, but we could be up to 80% or so.”

In regards to voter safety at the polls, McDonell says he feels county staff is in good shape for the day. “People should feel confident going in to vote, we have done a lot of training with the clerks and election officials about how to de escalate situations.”

A message reaffirmed by Madison deputy clerk Jim Verbick. “We’ve not seen a lot of the messaging about voter intimidation that we’ve seen in other places, we’ve made sure to emphasize to our chief inspectors, head poll workers at each of our places on the avenues in which observers can observe and not have any frivolous challenges to our voters.”

There was no early voting available across the Badger State Monday. The only way people may now vote in this year’s midterms is at your polling location Nov. 8. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

“Wisconsin is a same-day voter registration state, so if they have not yet registered, they can bring a proof of residence to register today at the polls and cast their ballot,” assured Jim Verbick, city of Madison deputy clerk. “If they don’t have it [an ID] with them they can always vote provisionally, and they have until this coming friday at 4 p.m. to show us their ID so it can count and they can vote provisionally.”

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