February 8, 2016

Primary turnout projected at 20 percent

The Government Accountability Board expects 20 percent of the state’s voting age population, or about 870,000 voters, to cast ballots during the August 14th election.

Only one statewide race will appear on the partisan primary ballot. The high profile four-way contest for the Republican nomination in the U.S. Senate race is expected to bring out many voters, although the highest turnout in a fall primary over the last 20 years was 21 percent in 1992.

There will be legislative and congressional primaries on several ballots as well, with many legislators running in new districts ahead of the November elections. There are elections in two of the eight congressional districts, five of 16 state Senate districts and 39 of 99 Wisconsin Assembly districts.

While it is an open primary and candidates from all parties will appear on the ballot, the GAB is reminding voters that they can only vote for candidates from one party in each race.

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