Elections Commission: Wisconsin absentee voting breaks Midterm record

MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin Elections Commission says the number of absentee ballots turned in for this election have broken the record set in 2014 for a midterm election. 

More than 547,000 absentee ballots have already been returned for the November 6 General Election. Wisconsin’s chief elections official says the number but still trails the overall record absentee ballots set for the 2016 Presidential and General Election.

It's not yet clear if record absentee voting for a midterm will mean higher than normal turnout for this election. The Commission says in a midterm election, overall turnout typically ranges from 50 to 55 percent of the voting age population, compared to 65 to 70 percent in a presidential election.

In the 2016 General Election, 819,000 of the 2.99 million ballots were absentee, or 27 percent.  

Any voter with an absentee ballot who has not yet mailed it should make arrangements to have the ballot delivered to their polling place or the municipal clerk’s office by Tuesday.

Voters who have cast an absentee ballot can track it on the MyVote Wisconsin website. In-person absentee voting, also known as early voting, has ended. 

The Wisconsin Elections Commission posts daily updates on absentee voting on its website.

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