Early Voting Ends
GREEN BAY, WI -- The countdown to Election Day is coming to the final hours. Today was the last day to vote early, in person at clerk's offices. Friday at 5:00 p.m. was the deadline, the last chance for voters to take advantage of voting early.
Clerk's offices in Green Bay and Appleton were buzzing with people.
“Yesterday we experienced lines going down the hallway,” said Char Peterson, Appleton City Clerk. “Which is a first, because we really streamlined this process this time around.”
There will be more than a thousand people coming through the doors at the location in Appleton today, and that's setting records.
“I have a midterm on Tuesday, and didn't want to have to wait through long lines,” said Taylor Bachaus, who voted early.
But even with the increased amount of people, voters say wait time is better than at the polls.
“It was really easy,” said Nicole Schulke, who also voted early. “I had to register because I moved recently. It didn't take long. I think we were in and out in 15 minutes, so not bad.”
It was a similar site at the Green Bay Clerk’s Office.
“We have long lines, but people are coming out saying its going quick,” said Kris Teske, the city clerk.
They’re seeing early voting beyond totals from four years ago. They're going to exceed 9,000 people ahead of Election Day.
“Today was the first time there was actually, what I would call, a line,” she said.
After today, clerks say they're looking ahead to Tuesday. They say be prepared for lines, and if you've moved, changed your name, or haven't voted in four years, also be prepared to register to vote.