You were not alone on Tuesday if your polling place in Door or Kewaunee counties was running low on ballots.
Both counties saw higher than usual activity at their polling places for the partisan primary, which featured 11 different races among the Democratic, Republican, Constitutional, and Libertarian parties. Contested primaries for Governor, U.S. Senate, and First Assembly District were among the reasons that led to 29 percent of eligible Kewaunee County voters and 40 percent of Door County voters participating. Kewaunee County Clerk Jamie Annoye says she tried planning ahead by looking at three to five years of historical data and considered the political climate when she ordered ballots this year. It was not enough as they still had to make additional copies for some locations, requiring those ballots to be hand counted. It did not get to that point in Door County, but Clerk Jill Lau says it could be a sign of what to expect for the general election in November.
The Wisconsin Elections Commission estimated that the turnout statewide was going to be 16 percent, but the most recent data shows it may be around 20-25 percent. By clicking this link, you can find the results of this year’s primary and how they fared in Door and Kewaunee counties. The general election will take place on November 8th.