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Voter turnout lower than expected in 95th Assembly primary

LA CROSSE, Wis. -- The race for Wisconsin's 95th assembly seat is set.  Tuesday night, Jill Billings beat out three other candidates in the democratic primary with 52% of the vote.  She is vice-chair of the La Crosse County Board and now faces Republican Dave Drewes in the November 8th election.

The La Crosse County Canvass Board met Wednesday to go over the votes from the primary.  Less than 17% of registered voters cast a ballot.

Officials were expecting turnout to be higher.  "Looking at the elections that happened in April and May, you would expect a little more turnout.  I think maybe things have just calmed down a lot.  A lot of people have talked about voter fatigue, so that potentially could be a reason why there was a low turnout," says La Crosse Co. Clerk Ginny Dankmeyer.


As far as the new Voter ID law, Dankmeyer says most people did have their ID's with them and were ready to show them to election officials.  She says the county will be prepared for when the law goes into effect in the spring.

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