Voters head to the polls this morning, but it appears over 200,000 Wisconsinites have already cast their ballots or are planning to mail them in.
The state Government Accountability Board says more than 206,000 absentee ballots were requested or cast in local clerk’s office ahead of the recall. The numbers comes from the Statewide Voter Registration System, which tracks about one-third of the municipalities in the state. The deadline to vote early was this past Friday.
Milwaukee County had the highest number of absentee ballot requests, with almost 39,000 issued. Dane County handled about 32,000 requests, while Waukesha County had just over 29,000 ballots issued early.
About 68,000 absentee ballots were tracked in the May 8th recall primary and over 230,000 were cast in November of 2010, the last time Walker and Barrett faced each other at the polls.
While about 75-percent of those ballots are cast in the clerk’s office, state officials are reminding voters mailing them in that they must be postmarked today and received by 4 pm on Friday.