Wisconsin turnout falls below prediction

About 54 percent of Wisconsin’s voting-age population cast ballots in the midterm election, the highest turnout in at least 60 years for a non-presidential year but below what was predicted.

Based on unofficial numbers, with 99 percent of precincts reporting, just short of 2.4 million people voted in Tuesday’s election in which Gov. Scott Walker defeated Democrat Mary Burke and Republicans maintained control of the state Legislature.

Based on unofficial numbers, with 99 percent of precincts reporting, just short of 2.4 million people voted in Tuesday’s election in which Gov. Scott Walker defeated Democrat Mary Burke and Republicans maintained control of the state Legislature.

Locally, veteran poll workers in La Crosse said they haven’t seen voter turn out like this since the last presidential election.

Most voters at District 10 in La Crosse said it was race for governor that brought them to the polls.

The election also brought out some first time voters. Including one woman who turned 18 on Monday, the day before the election.

“I think it’s a huge privilege of turning 18 it’s definitely¬† important to get involved. I feel more connected now to society,” Gretchen Turner, a first time voter, said.

The board says reported problems include voters being asked to show photo identification although none is needed, political signs being too close to polling places and issues with voter registration.