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Voter turnout big in Milwaukee, small issues arise at polls statewide


MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - How big is the voter turnout in Wisconsin today?

It’s so big that folks in Milwaukee waited 50 minutes in line – and then left without voting so they weren’t late for work.

At another Milwaukee polling place, the only vote-tallying machine was down for a half-hour. Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf said folks could still have voted and left their ballots in a bin – but some left in frustration, while others stayed around until the machine got fixed so they could see their votes count.

Officials say the biggest lines are in the early morning, and from the late afternoon until the polls close.

In Marshfield, voters were in and out in less than 5 minutes just before the lunch hour.

Voters are not required to show photo ID’s. But Andrea Kaminski of the League of Women Voters tweeted that poll workers in Onalaska were said to be asking for ID’s and the, “issue has been resolved.”

Wisconsin voters are choosing a president, U.S. senator, U.S. House members, state lawmakers, and county officials – and they’re deciding almost 30 school referendums.

All polls close at 8 p.m.

Voters drove through light snow in northern areas – but no place in Wisconsin recorded one-inch by late morning. Owen in Clark County had the most at nine-tenths.