The upcoming election could see nearly half of Wisconsin voters heading to the polls, the highest level since the 1970s. The past several gubernatorial elections in Wisconsin have only drawn about 40% of voters, but Kyle Richmond with the State Elections Board says they're expecting much more than that on Tuesday. Richmond says the state is prepared for 50% voter turnout, or about two million people. Richmond says that's largely due to several important issues on the ballot, such as a heated governor's race and the gay marriage amendment.
This election could also bring out many people who haven't voted yet under new guidelines. Richmond says you may want to check with your local clerk about voter registration, before heading to the polls. New voting equipment is being used across the state and voters who aren't registered yet will also have to provide their drivers license number at the polls. Still, Richmond says state officials are confident Tuesday's elections will run smoothly.