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Voters think candidate enthusiasim led to higher voter turnout

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Posted at 9:04 PM, Nov 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-04 22:04:20-05

BROWN COUNTY (WGBA) -- The state is now beginning the process of canvasing and certifying the results of the election.

For now, those results are unofficial, but a number aside from the results themselves is jumping out - turnout. An estimated 3.2 million votes were cast in the 2020 election. If that number holds, it would far surpass the 2.9 million from 2016. Voters think this year was more engaging.

"I see it as my duty," said Lynn Meshke, a voter from Brown County. "I always vote, but this year felt more passionate.

When asked, Meshke went on to mention she was more engaged with the candidate she liked, and thinks others in Wisconsin felt the same.

"There are topics that I care about and I think the person who I voted for resembled that," she said.

The turnout is projected to be higher, but the margin between Biden and Trump was still very close. Meshke thinks all around more Wisconsinites cared about the election, and thinks it will stay that way for elections in the future.

"If we can get more people who have not voted in years, and more first time voters, then Wisconsin will truly represent the citizens of the state," she said.