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Waukesha voters hit the polls as soon as they opened

Posted at 1:49 PM, Nov 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-08 15:37:01-05
The polls opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning in Waukesha and across the state. Voters in the Badger State are casting ballots in the Presidential race, U.S. Senate race and other contests. 
 
"I would never not vote," said Aissatou Rugolo, who voted in Waukesha shortly after the polls opened at 7 a.m. "A lot of people died to give me the right to vote." 
 
"I care about our country. I care about where we're going," said Sandy Boesen, who also voted in Waukesha. 
Roughly 25 percent of the 3.1 million votes expected in Wisconsin were already cast by absentee ballots as of Monday evening, the Wisconsin Election Commission said. 
 
In Waukesha, the City Clerk said when absentee voting began late in October that she expected turnout in some wards to eventually top 90 percent.
 
Statewide, the 3.1 million vote estimate would make up about 70 percent of Wisconsin's voting-age population. 
 
By 8 a.m. the initial line of voters that turned out in Waukesha had thinned out and there was a very little wait. 
 
"I had no issues," said voter Garrett DeMuier, who was there at 7 a.m. 
 
"For me, it was pretty easy," Boesen said. "I had my ID ready and I had a vehicle to get there."
 
Rugolo felt the process was "ok." 
 
"They were a little slow in there," Rugolo said. "But then again, you know, they're volunteers." 
 
"I got through and now I'm all done," she added.