Turnout exceeds 55 percent in Wisconsin recall

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Turnout for the historic Wisconsin recall election will be more than 55 percent.

More than 2.4 million people cast ballots Tuesday, which would be about 56 percent of eligible voters statewide. Republican Gov. Scott Walker defeated Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in a race that was watched throughout the country.

The Government Accountability Board had predicted that up to 65 percent of eligible voters would go to the polls.


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  • by Linda Location: NW Wisconsin on Jun 6, 2012 at 10:36 AM
    I am the parent of two college students. Both were born in Wisconsin, attended school in Wisconsin, and have always resided in this state. However, both had difficulty voting yesterday. My daughter just moved into a new EC apartment which is in a different ward. Because she could not produce a utility bill for the apartment she moved into four days ago, she was told she did not meet the three week residency requirement. She had to track down her former landlord and request a rent receipt and return to the polls. She reported numerous students standing in line had similar issues, and some just gave up and left because they were told they were not eligible to vote because of the three week clause. My son was previously registered to vote in Madison, where he has been a student the past four years. He graduated in May and just moved back home for the summer. He also had difficulty meeting the residency requirement. After much ado and persistance, both did finally vote. It seems the timing of the recall election coinsiding with the end of the academic year and student rental leases may have prevented/discouraged many student voters. Statewide, I wonder how many students were unable to vote yesterday...
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      by Brian on Jun 6, 2012 at 03:27 PM in reply to Linda
      Apparently they were not aware that an apartment lease is accepted as a way to prove residency. Should have been easy for them to vote with their lease in hand.
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      by Anon too on Jun 7, 2012 at 02:13 PM in reply to Linda
      Linda: The UW system has been addressing this for months. Your son was registered in Madison. He could have either A) voted in Madison, his "home" district B)requested an absentee ballot from his Madison district or C) been here in Eau Claire for the 28 days preceding the election. He was hardly disenfranchised and certainly had plenty of advance notice of his options.
  • by Jeff Location: Eau Claire on Jun 6, 2012 at 07:04 AM
    To: ROK anon woody trav fincesinears don barb junie b. paul mel scott karen realist earnest lee flipout anon 2 rainbird tl hippie tom joe louis ken. Where are all you guys this morning? I know your reading this. You were wrong! You are the minority! As it should be. Now go back to work and let our great Governor Scott Walker do his job. What a waste of time, energy and tax payers money. It's over get over it! What a wonderful day for Wisconsin!
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      by Walker Supporter on Jun 6, 2012 at 01:24 PM in reply to Jeff
      I agree with you-Jeff-it was a wonderful day for Wisconsin---now I think all the people that signed the petition should be sent a bill for a portion of the expense that this recall cost all if us taxpayers-that would be the fair thing to do-maybe our governor can make this happen!!!!
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        by Anonymous on Jun 7, 2012 at 05:09 AM in reply to Walker Supporter
        So you would only pay if you sign? Then I guess you shouldn't have been allowed to vote since you are basically asking for a user fee, but didn't agree with the action.
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          by Walker Supporter on Jun 7, 2012 at 11:09 AM in reply to
          You are missing my point-Anonymous--This recall expense was the results of people signing a petition & the rest of the people who didn't sign have no choice but to help pay for it. The recall was totally unnecessary & the people who signed the petition & asked for it-should pay for it-period.
  • by mj on Jun 6, 2012 at 06:11 AM
    Now open... mj charter service, booking one way trips from Madison to Illinois. Seats are filling fast with 14 already booked. Also offering moving assistance to those claiming they would leave Wisconsin if the recall was not successful. See folks, there really are employment opportunities out there.
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      by Rice Lake on Jun 6, 2012 at 06:25 AM in reply to mj
      Thanks for the chuckle this morning...LOVE IT!
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      by Anonymous on Jun 6, 2012 at 07:14 AM in reply to mj
      Nothing like a poor winner. Thanks mj for being a stand up person.
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        by mj on Jun 6, 2012 at 01:29 PM in reply to
        poor winner or poor loser. Can't recognize humor today?
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          by Anonymous on Jun 7, 2012 at 05:12 AM in reply to mj
          You really are a poor winner if you cannot even recognize the difference between humor and in your face as was being pointed out.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 7, 2012 at 07:05 PM in reply to mj
      Oh I am sure that they will show up complaining that the election was boughy due to the difference in spending for each side.
  • by Michael on Jun 6, 2012 at 06:00 AM
    Now it is over. Instead of all the past name calling, accusations, etc. let's start looking ahead to the future. Hopefully, Governor Walker will be a little more tactful and compassionate in the difficult decisions still to be made to rescue the state. Also hopefully, the recall people can leave the hatred and riotous conduct behind and assist the process.
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      by Eau Really on Jun 6, 2012 at 07:47 AM in reply to Michael
      It took you 1 sentence to begin with name calling and accusations folling your plea for others to not do so. Nice.
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        by Anonymous on Jun 7, 2012 at 05:13 AM in reply to Eau Really
        I missed his name calling and accusations. Mind clarifying?
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          by Anonymous on Jun 7, 2012 at 09:18 AM in reply to
          accusing anybody who was for the recall of "hatred and riotous conduct" isn't an accusation? What if I said anybody who was against the recall is ignorant and anti-education. See how easy and fun it is to lump people into big groups and make harsh generalizations?
  • by Anonymous on Jun 6, 2012 at 05:29 AM
    Folks, it is time we all move forward civilly as Wisconsinites and Americans. This message was approved and paid for by me. :)
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      by Eau Really on Jun 6, 2012 at 07:45 AM in reply to Anonymous
      I think it might be too little, too late for the many folks who wanted to move forward civilly 16-18 months ago.
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        by Anonymous on Jun 7, 2012 at 05:14 AM in reply to Eau Really
        Gee the ball must be in your court then.
  • by MJ Location: Wisconsin on Jun 6, 2012 at 03:49 AM
    Congratulations to Gov. Walker! We smacked down the Union thugs and the looters. Now can't wait till Nov. to get rid of the traitor in the White House. Thank God for the victory and pray for another in November!
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      by Anonymous on Jun 6, 2012 at 07:10 AM in reply to MJ
      Great...now the gates are open and all of the Ted Nugents are running around.
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        by brad on Jun 6, 2012 at 10:38 AM in reply to
        What's wrong with The Nuge?? Because he likes freedom's and loves to hunt? Not sure what this means?
  • by CC on Jun 6, 2012 at 02:03 AM
    So where is Hippie, Flipper, Barb and the rest that are going to explain to the world how this is such a non-event, how close this race was, how this is in no way a referendum on government union control, etc...
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      by Hippie on Jun 6, 2012 at 07:41 AM in reply to CC
      CC, I have no explanation. I'm disappointed to say the least. However, I am a good sport and will continue to stand up for what I believe in. What say you?
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        by CC on Jun 6, 2012 at 08:48 AM in reply to Hippie
        I must say that I'm impressed. A humble statement absent a lengthy discourse. Well done. Perhaps there is some hope for us.
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          by Hippie on Jun 6, 2012 at 09:38 AM in reply to CC
          CC, I try to conduct myself with honor and integrity at all times. I've tried very hard to not be one of the name-calling, finger-pointing party-line drawers on this site. Can't say I haven't slipped up a time or two; but I try hard. Maybe I should get into politics. : )
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          by CC on Jun 6, 2012 at 10:37 AM in reply to CC
          Nobody is perfect but it can be fun to stir the pot from time to time. Politics, really? I hear there is apparently a little money in that line of work but I'm afraid that the respect is dwindling. However, if that is the path you choose, good luck!
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      by Anonymous on Jun 7, 2012 at 09:23 AM in reply to CC
      how is a 4 percent margin not close? In Eau Claire county, Walker won by less than 200 votes. While it's true Walker got more votes, he hardly has a sweeping mandate.
  • by CC on Jun 6, 2012 at 02:03 AM
    So where is Hippie, Flipper, Barb and the rest that are going to explain to the world how this is such a non-event, how close this race was, how this is in no way a referendum on government union control, etc...
  • by Anon on Jun 5, 2012 at 11:59 PM
    56 percent is really pathetic for a recall election. Guess the libs just wanted to make a bunch of noise and waste even more money, yet apparently they were too lazy to come out and actually vote.
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      by Chris on Jun 6, 2012 at 04:22 AM in reply to Anon
      Please be kind hearted from now on. These are friends, family, and neighbors of Wisconsin that you are talking about. I know you don't agree with their opinions but that is what the Founding Fathers wanted for us. This goes for Democrats and Republicans. The people have spoken and now we must work together.
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        by William on Jun 6, 2012 at 06:13 AM in reply to Chris
        Chris really, where was being kind hearted when all this started? I am tired of the nasty comments made about Walker and his supporters. By the way the founding fathers believed in elections, not rcalling and election because it didnt go your way! the Unions owe this state an apology for wasting tax payer money and for wasting valuable time from governing a state! Its about time we call it the way it really is, state employees unions have no place in this state or any state. People that work for the tax payers do not rule the tax payer! PERIOD
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          by Anonymous on Jun 6, 2012 at 07:09 AM in reply to William
          Wow....so much for open minded civility. Guess you only proved their point.
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          by Hippie on Jun 6, 2012 at 07:43 AM in reply to William
          Maybe the unions would offer an apology if Walker apologized first? People like to say that the unions started this, but really...didn't Walker start it when he blindsided us by taking away the right to collectively bargain? He didn't campaign on that.
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          by David on Jun 6, 2012 at 09:06 AM in reply to William
          Hippie, controversial tactics are used all the time by police, heck even parents. But they are done for the better good. Cops do things that would land Joe Citizen in jail (speed, shoot people, conduct drug deals), but they do it for the better good. Parents lie to their kids all the time ("Eat your 'chicken' Billy.") Sometimes the ends justify the means.
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          by Hippie on Jun 6, 2012 at 09:35 AM in reply to William
          David, we are not children or criminals; at least I'm not. I want politicians that can look us in the eye and be honest for once. And to be clear AGAIN, no party lines are being drawn. I do NOT want politicians that need will lie and resort to trickery to make the changes that they want. The great people of this state and country deserve better than that. Politicians are supposed to represent all of us...how could you possible accept lying and trickery from them?
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          by David on Jun 6, 2012 at 10:29 AM in reply to William
          Hippie - I feel that Gov Walker IS representing us, and doing what he said he was going to do. I agree, he did not say exactly HOW he was going to eliminate the deficit, create jobs, etc, but then again what candidate has? Even Barrett wouldn't provide a sketch of a plan when asked point blank in the last debate ("We'll get some people and talk about it..."). Look us in the eye and be honest? From ANY politician? Those days are LOOOOOOOOOOONG gone. I don't care what party you're talking about. We've got a chance to move on. What's done is done, and gnashing teeth won't undo it.
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          by David on Jun 6, 2012 at 10:34 AM in reply to William
          Hindsight being 20/20, maybe he WOULD have been elected the first time had he disclosed his plans. But then again people are afraid of change, afraid of the unknown. We might not have voted for him then, fearful of how his changes would affect us. Now that life has gone on and we have made adjustments, the majority of Wisconsin spoke up and said they support him.
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          by Hippie on Jun 6, 2012 at 02:14 PM in reply to William
          David, it's been nice having an adult chat even though we may disagree. Here's food for thought...if we can't count on our politicians to look us in the eye and be honest, then isn't it time to demand that things change? We pay THEM...why do we accept and allow their shameful tactics and outright deception? When are we going to hold them accountable for what they say and do?
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      by Deb on Jun 6, 2012 at 05:31 AM in reply to Anon
      Agreed! 45% have nothing to speak of for the future. The one Right our Constitution gives us and 45% of you can't even use it! No excuses-the absentee ballots were in the mail plenty early. Polls are open for 13 hours. You're right, Anon - PATHETIC!
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