February 14, 2016

Turnout about average for spring election

Voter turnout in Tuesday’s election was just short of what the state Government Accountability Board predicted. The GAB says unofficial results show about 19.3 percent of eligible voters showed up at the polls to vote in races for the state Supreme Court, Superintendent of Public Instruction, and a wide range of local offices and referendum questions.

The agency had predicted statewide turnout would be around 20 percent, which is about average for the spring election.

Incumbents were the big winners in both the statewide races. According to unofficial results, Supreme Court Justice Pat Roggensack overcame a challenge from Marquette University Law Professor Ed Fallone by almost 14 percentage points, while Superintendent Tony Evers defeated challenger Don Pridemore by 22 points.

The GAB is expected to certify the results of the election later this month.

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