One out of every five qualified voters will be pulling the lever during today's election.
Approximately 875,000 voters are showing up at the polls today for the statewide spring election; that's about 20% of eligible voters, according to the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board . Public Information Officer Kyle Richmond says, though, some areas could have a little higher turnout.
"There are areas of the state that have local contests that may generate more interest such as County Supervisory races or race for mayor. Milwaukee has a County Executive race. So there may be higher turnout in some parts of the state."
The big ticket items include a statewide referendum, which aims to limit the Governor's veto power, or his so-called Frankenstein Veto authority, and a very costly, negative and visible state Supreme Court race.
"That may make some people more interested and because of the nature of the advertising — much of it being negative — it may also make some people disinterested in the race. I think that might be regarded as a wash, generally."
Also on the ballot, thousands of local election contests for county boards, village and town boards, city councils and school boards. By comparison, the fall election generates 70-some percent voter turnout. Of course, weather could be a factor, too.
Richmond says in case there is anyone who wants to vote, but hasn't yet made up their minds, there's still time. He says local election officials are required to print in the newspaper a notice of the election and sample ballots are available, and there is all kinds of info available online .