Wisconsin sets new early voting record

Published: Nov. 7, 2016 at 11:20 AM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin election officials say nearly 800,000 people have voted early, setting a new record.

The state Elections Commission announced that as of Monday morning, 797,740 people had returned absentee ballots to municipal clerks. That breaks the old record of 664,597 ballots returned in 2012.

Clerks have issued a total of 828,248 absentee ballots, including 650,782 ballots cast in-person in clerks' offices.

Early in-person voting ended in most municipalities Friday and in a few cities on Saturday and Sunday. Mail-in absentee ballots must be returned to clerks' offices or polling places by Tuesday to count.

The Elections Commission projects 3.1 million people will vote in the election. That translates to 69.6 percent of Wisconsin's 2016 voting-age population of 4.5 million.

"So that's still a lot of voters to process. Many voters may be updating their registration on election day. That takes time so even with an increase in the number of absentee ballots we still expect there to be busy polling places," said Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator, Mike Haas.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission urges voters to be prepared for election day. They remind voters to bring a photo id and proof of residence if registering to vote at the polls.

Copyright 2016: Associated Press

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