Wisconsin Spring 2021 Primary Updates

Wisconsin Spring 2021 Primary Updates


3:00 p.m. “Smooth Election Day”

Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Meagan Wolfe said Tuesday’s election was running smoothly.

Despite freezing temperatures and significant snowfall in parts of the state, all polls were able to open this morning as expected,” she said during a midday news conference.

Wolfe expected turnout to be down significantly from presidential elections which can see upwards of 70% turnout. Tuesday’s vote is likely to generate around 10% turnout, according to Wolfe.

In Madison, the city’s clerk wrote on Twitter that a little more than 6% of eligible voters had cast their ballots by 11 Tuesday morning.

The only statewide contest on the ballot this spring is for State Superintendent of Public Instruction. The seven-way primary will narrow the field of nonpartisan candidates to two, who will vie for the constitutional office in April.

Tuesday also has two legislative special elections for Assembly District 89, vacated by retiring Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette, and Senate District 13, left by former Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, who was elected to Congress in November.

As absentee voting continues to be an option Wisconsinites turn to during the pandemic, Wolfe said fewer than half had been returned—127,000 out of 318,000 issued—by midday Tuesday. This includes 9,000 Wisconsinites who early-voted.

She encouraged voters who had not yet returned their ballots to do so by hand to their polling place or municipality’s central count location. Voters can check the Wisconsin Elections Commission website for information on other local options for returning absentee ballots. Ballots must be returned by the time the polls close at 8 p.m.

This story will be updated throughout the day. For more information on candidates and election results, visit WisconsinVote.org.

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