WISCONSIN — Early voting began in Wisconsin Tuesday, Oct. 20, and long lines formed as soon as polling places opened.
According to preliminary data from the Wisconsin Elections Commission, 79,774 people cast their in-person absentee ballots on the first day early polling places opened.
Here are some of the totals of early in-person voting for a couple of cities in the Milwaukee-area:
- Milwaukee (city) – 10,340
- Kenosha (city) – 2,805
- Racine (city) – 3,604
- Waukesha (city) – 10,086
The Elections Commission does report that there may be lags in data entry due to the information being submitted to Wisconsin's statewide voter registration system.
The commission reports that more than 1,000 of the 1,850 clerks do not have direct access to the system because of their small size.
Subsequently, county clerks and, or neighboring clerks have to perform data entry tasks on their behalf, meaning there may be more ballots returned than reported.
To view the full report of ballots on the first day of early in-person voting, visit the Wisconsin Elections Commission website here.
*Numbers have been updated since the original post.