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Winter weather won't deter Tuesday's election in Eau Claire

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Published: Feb. 19, 2018 at 11:22 PM CST
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Monday's adverse winter weather now hangs over Tuesday’s state election for a number of races, including an open Supreme Court seat.

Eau Claire city clerk Carrie Riepel said whether people come to the polls, the weather will not slow their operations.

"Our chief inspectors have already picked up their supplies for tomorrow," she said to WEAU 13 News on Monday. "If any of the poll workers call in and say they're not going to make it, we are in touch with the chief of inspectors and they're in touch with all of their poll workers, so they have an idea of who's coming in and who may not be able to."

There are 20 polling places within the city of Eau Claire – amongst them, there are 72 wards to account for.

"... and that is why we have additional staffing, so that they're getting the correct ballots the correct information," Riepel said.

A low turnout is expected, but Riepel says it won't be a result of the weather.

"We're anticipating between around 5-10% turn out for the primary. If there was a primary for the city council, that turnout may have been higher," she said.

With a few hundred workers who will be on-the-clock for Tuesday’s election, Riepel is glad to have a veteran team at the ready.

"A lot of these poll workers have been working for us – some of them for decades,” she said. “So, they're experienced and our elections staff, we're in constant communication with them."