Wisconsin reports 'robust' start to early vote

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More than Wisconsin 225,000 voters have requested absentee ballots so far – including more than 100,000 in clerks’ offices – for the general election, according to a statement from the state Government Accountability Board.

"We are seeing long lines at many municipal clerks’ offices around the state," stated Kevin J. Kennedy, Wisconsin’s chief election official, in the news release. "One in five ballots (633,610) cast in 2008 were absentee, and we expect to see similar numbers in 2012." 

As of late Oct. 25, at least 225,209 absentee ballots had been issued by Wisconsin’s local election officials who track them using the Statewide Voter Registration System. There were 101,253 ballots issued in clerks’ offices and 123,956 ballots issued by mail. 

In-person absentee voting in the clerk’s office runs through 5 p.m. or the close of business on Friday, Nov. 2, whichever is later. Some clerks are offering extended hours to handle demand.

Kennedy stated, "In the 2008 election, there were 633,610 absentee ballots and two-thirds were cast in the clerk’s office. The numbers of absentee voters continues to grow. There could be many reasons – voter enthusiasm and convenience."

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