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Wisconsin sets early voting record, number expected to grow

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Published: Nov. 4, 2016 at 7:11 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A record number of voters have cast their ballots early in the state of Wisconsin, with the number of early voters only expected to grow.

Election officials have received more than 685,000 ballots so far. That exceeds the presidential election total for 2012 by nearly 20,000 votes.

The Appleton Post-Crescent reports that a surge of early votes in Dane County and the Fox Valley are a factor in the high numbers.

Increased voter activity in Dane County, which is liberal, could signal trouble for Republican candidates competing in statewide elections Nov. 8. But the number of voters on Election Day typically far outweighs the number of early votes.

Early voting is also on the rise in Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington counties, which are heavily conservative.

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