Milwaukee voters head to the polls despite weather

NOW: Milwaukee voters head to the polls despite weather


MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – It’s Election Day in Wisconsin.

Voters are choosing between two state Supreme Court candidates and deciding whether to eliminate the State Treasurer’s position.

At the Zeidler Building in Milwaukee, there has been a steady stream of voters all day, despite the weather.

Officials predict about a 30% turnout in the Milwaukee area, which is high for a spring election.

As a reference, turnout was 13% last year and 9% in 2015. The Wisconsin Elections Commission says they won’t predict a number, but do think turnout will be higher than average statewide.

Milwaukee leaders say the contested supreme court race is a big factor in the turnout.

“You have no incumbent for a seat. That means more campaigning by the candidates, and more campaigning equals higher voter turnout. So I think it's encouraging for everyone on a statewide basis to see in the Spring election, such a great level of participation from the voters,” said Neil Albrecht with the Milwaukee Elections Commission.

Polls are open until 8:00 p.m. As a reminder, voters need to remember to bring their photo ID.

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