Tuesday's midterm election shaping up to be record-breaking

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- A record number of midterm election absentee ballots have already been turned in in Wisconsin.

"We've been gearing up all along for heavy turnout," said La Crosse City Clerk Teri Lehrke.

Election day is Tuesday, but millions across the country have already sent in their ballots.

Including a midterm record-breaking 547,000 in Wisconsin.

Those early voting numbers are also up locally for a midterm.

"The last governor election we had 3,180 and the last presidential election we had 8,583. We've issued 5,649 so we're pretty much right in the middle there," said Lehrke.

Political Analyst Joe Heim says this interest in the election is tied to 2016.

"The Democrats, it's almost as if they vowed to come back. You know they were disappointed in the results and I think a lot of them were determined to act and make sure this doesn't happen again--for their party," said Heim.

But it is not just the Democratic Party that is expected to show up to the polls.

"Republican enthusiasm seems to have risen, especially this fall. Partly because of Donald Trump campaigning, partly because of the Kavanaugh hearings in the U.S. Senate," said Heim.

He says the absentee voting numbers are usually a good indicator of election day turnout.

La Crosse County has received more than 14,000 absentee ballots and Eau Claire County has gotten more than 8,000.

"I think it is a significant election, there's a lot riding on it especially control of the legislatures. However, believe it or not tomorrow morning, the day after the election, the sun will rise and it'll set and life will go on," said Heim.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

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