MADISON, WI – More than 206,000 Wisconsin residents have already requested absentee ballots or voted absentee in the clerk’s office for the June 5 recall election, according to the Government Accountability Board.
As of noon today, at least 206,128 absentee ballots had been issued by Wisconsin’s local election officials who track them using the Statewide Voter Registration System (SVRS). Just over one-third of municipalities track absentee ballots in SVRS, including all the state’s large cities.
The G.A.B. also released detailed, county-by-county numbers today, which are attached to this news release. Individual municipal numbers are not available from the G.A.B.
To give these numbers some context, a total of 68,000 absentee ballots were tracked in SVRS for the May 8 recall primary, which had an unofficial, overall turnout of 29.5 percent. On May 23, there were approximately 90,000 ballots tracked; on May 25 there were 113,558 ballots tracked; on May 29 there were 130,391 ballots tracked; on May 31, there were 164,848 ballots tracked; on June 1, there were 182,228 ballots tracked.
These numbers are likely to continue changing throughout the week as clerks enter data into the system.The G.A.B. will continue to provide updated absentee ballot numbers daily next week as clerks enter them into the system.
As many as 75 percent of all absentee ballots are typically cast in the clerk’s office, with the remainder being delivered by mail.
In-person absentee voting in the clerk’s office ended Friday, June 1. The deadline for most absentee voters to request ballots to be sent to them has also passed. Sequestered jurors and people who are hospitalized can still request ballots until 5 p.m. on Election Day. Mailed absentee ballots must be postmarked by Election Day, and must be received by the clerk by 4 p.m. the Friday after the election.
MILWAUKEE — The U.S. Department of Justice plans to the recall elections in Wisconsin on Tuesday, and will dispatch a team of federal observers to the city of Milwaukee.
The observers will be ensuring that the city complies with the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination in the electoral process on the basis of race, color or membership in a minority language group.
There are six recall elections taking place on June 5 for governor, lieutenant governor and six state senate races.
Wisconsin’s Department of Justice is also a team of assistant attorneys general and special agents from the Division of Criminal Investigation to 12 cities in an effort to prevent voter fraud.
“The June recall election is a significant event in our state’s history,” said state Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen (R). “The people of Wisconsin need to have confidence that their rights are being protected and the laws are being followed.”
The Appleton Post Crescent notes that voter fraud is “practically non-existent” in Wisconsin. In 2008, for example, the state conducted an investigation into complaints of voter fraud. Just 20 people were charged out of almost 3 million votes cast in the election.
The Wisconsin state election board is predicting on Tuesday. Between 60 and 65 percent of voters are expected to cast a ballot, which would put turnout higher than in the 2010 elections but lower than 2008.
Scott Walker (The Other One) Sets Wisconsin Straight
There are many Scott Walkers in the world, and quite a lot of Tom Barretts as well, only two of whom are running for governor of Wisconsin.
In fact, there are at least three more of each in Milwaukee alone, according to online directories, and no doubt they take some ribbing from friends and likely get some unusual comments from strangers for their names’ sake alone.
But it’s unlikely even these homegrown soundalikes are as often mistaken for a certain candidate in the upcoming election as is a Louisiana man well known in his own right – Scott Walker, news anchor at WDSU TV in New Orleans.
"The other Scott Walker," as he has taken to calling himself lately, has been hearing about his Wisconsin doppelganger for years, and more and more in the past year.
Democrat Tom Barrett on Saturday released a new television ad that his compaign claims highlights new evidence that shows Gov. Scott Walker has been “stonewalling” the John Doe investigation into former Walker aides.
Rally Messages from Left, Right Point to Voter Turnout
Two rallies, two distinct ways of looking at the state’s historic recalls and one overriding message: Get out and vote, and get as many people as possible to go, too.
"Call everyone you know," Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch told the almost 4,000 people in Gorney Park Saturday for the Racine Tea Party rally. "Email your family and friends, talk to your neighbors, use social media and let’s win this thing for Wisconsin."
Nikki Haley Joins Walker at Quad, says to “Reward His Courage”
Hundreds of Quad/Graphics Inc. workers flooded the factory floor Friday afternoon as Gov. Scott Walker and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley addressed employees, asking for their votes on Tuesday.
Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch kicked-off the “grassroots rally” at the factory, introducing Gov. Walker to an enormous round of applause. Just before taking the stage, the governor was handed a traditional dark blue Quad shirt that almost every employee at the factory wears.
“I’m here to ask for your vote on Tuesday,” Gov. Walker said.
A vocal supporter of Gov. Scott Walker was arrested for disorderly conduct Friday during a rally for Democrat Tom Barrett that featured former President Bill Clinton.
During the morning rally at Pere Marquette Park in Milwaukee, the Walker supporter was holding a sign that read “Support Scott Walker NOT Union Thugs.” In the middle of the crowd, he would put his sign in front of other signs supporting Barrett.