Wisconsin voters turned out in record numbers for election, unofficial totals show

Posted at 1:32 PM, Nov 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-05 14:54:59-05

WISCONSIN — Wisconsin has set an all-new record for the number of ballots cast during an election after 3,296,374 practiced their right to vote during the 2020 election, unofficial totals show.

The Wisconsin Election Commission made the announcement Thursday, saying Wisconsin beat the record by 224,940 votes. The old record stood at 3,071,434, set in 2012.

In Wisconsin, there are approximately 4,536,417 residents who are at least 18 years old. Of those, just over 72 percent voted.

This percentage was not quite a record, the Wisconsin Election Commission said in a press release Tuesday. The record still sits at 73.24 percent, a record that was set back in 2004.

“I am so proud of Wisconsin’s voters, not just for the record numbers with which they participated in their democracy, but for the peaceful, civil way they did it in this extremely challenging year,” said Meagan Wolfe, administrator of the Wisconsin Elections Commission.

During a media briefing Wednesday, Wolfe said Tuesday's election went very smoothly and as expected thanks to years of preparation work.

In a press release Thursday, she said, "there were very few problems reported at polling places, which is a credit to our voters and our local election officials.”

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