La Crosse County sees 24% voter turnout for spring election

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — La Crosse County had a 24.24% voter turnout Tuesday, according to the unofficial numbers.

That’s slightly higher than the 20% turnout statewide. That’s on par with other elections where the state superintendent of schools is on the ballot. In 2017, turnout was just under 16% and in 2013, when there was also a contested Supreme Court race, turnout was just over 20%. In Tuesday’s election, just over 921,000 people voted in the race for superintendent of the Department of Public Instruction won by Jill Underly. She defeated Deb Kerr by 16 percentage points, based on unofficial tallies.

La Crosse County Clerk Ginny Dankmeyer said the turnout for a few districts in the La Crosse mayoral race boosted the overall percentage.

According to the Wisconsin Election Commission, 9,146 absentee ballots were requested and 6,911 people voted absentee and 1,008 were in-person absentee.

The count will be finalized after next week.