The number of voters who turned out to cast ballots in Wisconsin’s presidential primary appears to have far exceeded expectations.
The state Government Accountability Board had anticipated about 40 percent of the state’s voting age population would cast ballots in Tuesday’s election. The agency said Wednesday that unofficial returns show the actual number was closer to 47.35 percent, with about 2.1 million votes cast in the presidential races.
If the figure holds up, it would mean Wisconsin saw its highest turnout for a primary since 1972, which saw about 47.7 percent of eligible voters casting ballots.
The GAB said it would take a couple of weeks before the agency has access to the official results, which will be used to determine the actual turnout.