Cross posted at Citizen Action Wisconsin's No Sacred Cows blog:
The Government Accountability Board has a roundup of Election Day issues. Reports of some local election officials making up rules in Jefferson, Sauk and Monroe counties and reports of "heavy turnout everywhere." Fortunately no reports of intimidation, etc.
As of 1:33, Sue Edman, exec director of the Milwaukee Election Commission, said Milwaukee turnout could slightly exceed expectations, Wispolitics reports. Dane County had 21% turnout at 11 am, City of Appleton had 23.5% turnout at noon.
Clerks across Brown County have ordered 13,600 extra ballots, reports the Green Bay Press Gazette.
Early turnout "robust" in the Fox River Valley, says the Appleton Post Crescent. Jeff Drake lays it down:
Jeff Drake, 60, of Neenah cast his ballot to support Democratic candidates, particularly the re-election of U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold.
“He is one of the finest, maybe the best senator in the country, and he is being challenged by an amateur (Republican Ron Johnson),” Drake said. “If he is defeated, that would be wrong not only for Wisconsin but the country.”
Tom Barrett told reporters that turnout is exceeding expectations, says this demonstrates closure of purported enthusiam gap.
From WisPolitics :
Dem guv hopeful Tom Barrett hit the UW-Madison campus before heading to his election party, telling reporters on Library Mall that he's hearing state voters have shattered turnout projections for the midterms.
Barrett said the new projections – in which turnout may hit 60 percent -- contradict the impression of an enthusiasm gap between Dem and GOP voters.
"The Democratic base needed a little extra time to get caffeinated, and now they're caffeinated and they're charged up and coming out to vote like there's no tomorrow," the Milwaukee mayor said. "We're very, very pleased with the turnout."