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Green Bay reports 'higher-than-anticipated' voter turnout in Tuesday's primary

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Posted at 2:48 PM, Aug 10, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-10 15:48:58-04

GREEN BAY (NBC 26)  — Green Bay saw a higher-than-anticipated voter turnout at polling locations, the city clerk said Wednesday.

A press release from Green Bay City Clerk Celestine Jeffreys said multiple wards in the city had to request additional ballots. According to the clerk, in 2018, there were 12,102 votes cast; in 2020 there were 14,646 votes cast; this year, with the unofficial canvass, there were 15,015 votes cast.

Additionally, the clerk said there were many observers Tuesday at the polls and at Central Count. Election observers are members of the public who visit polling locations to view the real-time activities of voters, poll workers, and other staff.

Election inspectors began processing absentee ballots just after 7 a.m. Tuesday inside Green Bay's Central Count, located on the fourth floor of City Hall. A public notice was posted on the building doors.

There were consistently five to six observers in the room. Sam Munger, an observer from Madison who watched Central County Tuesday, said that's about twice the amount he's seen at previous primary elections.