Long lines for early voting in La Crosse, statewide

Local and state election officials are reporting strong interest in early voting ahead of Wisconsin’s April 5th primary.

There was a steady line of voters who didn’t want to wait until Tuesday at La Crosse’s City Hall Friday. 

And in Milwaukee, early voter turnout there is up more than 400% over previous presidential primaries in 2008 and 2012.

And interest locally is up as well.

“There’s definitely a lot of interest. You know there’s a presidential primary, you know everything that’s going on, Wisconsin seems to matter this time. So that, I think, is playing a pretty big part in this,” said La Crosse City Clerk Teri Lehrke.

Computer servers for Wisconsin state agencies went down this morning.

According to the Attorney for the Government Accountability Board, Election clerks couldn’t access the voter registration system, preventing them from issuing absentee ballots and printing poll books.

Clerks were able to get access to the system by about Noon.

Early voting ended Friday at 5:00 p.m.