Wisconsin voters will go to the polls today to elect or re-elect almost 4,000 city, village, county board, and school board members. Circuit and appellate judges are also on the ballot, along with over 100 local referenda questions.
There are no statewide races on the ballot and almost half the races for local elected offices are uncontested.
In many places, referendums highlight the ballots. Milwaukee County voters will act on a proposed 50 percent pay cut for county supervisors. There are 26 school districts asking voters to approve tax increases above state-mandated limits, just to keep the programs they have. Many of those districts are in rural areas. About 20 school systems have building referendums. The Kettle Moraine district hopes to borrow the most; almost $50 million for a host of maintenance, security, and technology improvements.
State election officials predict a statewide turnout of 12 percent. All polls open at seven this morning, and close at eight tonight.