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Voter turnout record set in Wisconsin

More than 3 million votes cast for president

MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin set a voter turnout record in the Fall 2012 General Election, according to the Government Accountability Board.

Wisconsin's chief election official Kevin Kennedy says 3,071,434 votes were cast for president. That's the highest number of votes cast for a single office in a statewide election in Wisconsin history.

"Wisconsin's turnout rate of 70.14 percent of eligible voters casting ballots in the presidential race was the fourth-highest percentage since records have been kept going back to 1948," Kennedy said.

Voter turnout is calculated based on the highest number of votes cast for one office as a percentage of the estimated voting-age population, as determined by the state Department of Administration's Demographic Services Center.

The Government Accountability Board said other statistics, like the number of absentee ballots cast and the number of people who registered to vote on Election Day won't be available until later in December because municipal clerks are still giving this information to the state elections board.

Kennedy said overall, the general election went smooth at polling places across the state.

"Preparation was key to preventing problems at polling places," Kennedy said. "Our ‘Back to Basics' initiative helped ensure election officials were ready for the large turnout and voters had ready access to information about their registration status and polling place location."


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