Low turnout expected for Wisconsin primary election

Voters head to the polls Tuesday
Low turnout expected for Wisconsin primary
Posted at 2:36 PM, Aug 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-09 15:36:52-04

Voters across Wisconsin head to the polls Tuesday to cast ballots in a partisan primary election.

In Milwaukee, turnout is expected to reach just 18 to 20 percent of registered voters, according to Neil Albrecht, Executive Director of the city's Election Commission.

Albrecht said that's "pretty typical" for primary day, but added it's a small fraction of the 85 to 87 percent turnout he expects in November.

"A lot of people are out of town or on vacation," he said. "So that does impact turnout, the fact that it's a summer election."

Regardless of the expected, low turnout, voters said they were excited to be participating in the democratic process.

"It's kind of nice to see people coming together," said John Hood, who voted at South Shore Pavilion in Bay View.

Hood said he appreciates the poll workers who keep things running smoothly.

"It's about being a community," he said.

Voter Kenneth Malone said he casts a ballot in every election.

"I listen to all the commercials, even if I don't always believe everything they say," Malone said. "I talk with other people and I make my own personal decisions on who to vote for. "

People wishing to vote Tuesday must present a valid, photo ID at their polling location. Wisconsin's voter ID law remains in effect.

Acceptable forms of ID include a driver license, state issued ID card, military ID, U.S. passport, Veterans Health Administration ID, certificate of naturalization, and some student ID cards.

"As long as you're already registered at your current address, the address on that photo ID does not need to be current," Albrecht said. 

Wisconsin uses an open primary system. People can vote in either the Democratic or the Republican primary, but not in both.

Polling locations opened at 7 a.m. and will remain open until 8 p.m.