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Area election turnout expected to be higher than state average

by Meg Bonacorsi

MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) -- Local elections are underway across the state.  But how many people even bother heading to the polls?

According to the government accountability board, only 10 percent of eligible voters are expected to come out today.

But Wausau's City Clerk says it will probably be higher here.

There are a number of factors that impact voter turnout.

Kelly Michaels says, "There's a lot of different races going on so that will always spur a little more interest. Of course we have the write-ins and 10 of the 12 districts are contested in the city so I think all of those play into a little better turnout."

The clerk says she's expecting a turnout of up to 30 percent.

In 2006, only 14 percent of eligible voters cast ballots.

But in 2008, when there was a mayoral race, she saw a 37 percent turnout.

In Wausau people are running for judges' seats, city council, county board, and school board.

Online Reporter: Meg Bonacorsi

 

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