Voting heavy in Janesville; results could be late
JANESVILLE—Election results for the city of Janesville could be reported later than usual tonight, city Clerk Jean Wulf said.
Wulf said at 2:40 p.m. that if voter numbers continue at the rate they have all day, the city will exceed 100 percent of registered voters.
Wisconsin allows same-day voter registration, so it is possible that new registrants could make the turnout exceed 100 percent of those who were registered beforehand.
Wulf said the highest number of voters in the city was about 32,500 in the last two presidential elections, but if the trend continues, that number could exceed 37,000.
Along with the crush of voters, poll workers have to log and feed nearly 9,000 absentee ballots into the vote-counting machines today, Wulf said, so that work might have to be done after polls close at 8 p.m.
However, it’s also possible that the early crush of voters will not continue through the day and into the night, Wulf said.
Observers said voters were waiting to vote at the Janesville Municipal Building 45 minutes before the polls opened.
Polls close at 8 p.m., but anyone in line at 8 will still be allowed to vote.
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