MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee’s spring primary was calm without any widespread problems, according to election officials and voters Tuesday.
Some people had to be redirected to other polling stations due to some ward changes or confusion over where to vote on Election Day versus early voting sites.
The chief polling inspector at the municipal building in Zeidler said he had to redirect about 75 people to another polling station because some neighborhoods had changed or because voters mistakenly thought the polling station anticipated was also their polling day.
“I would say 95% of them are doing just fine. It’s usually closer to home than our polling place,” said Linda Elmer, the chief inspector.
It’s election day in Milwaukee and all of these poll workers are counting mail-in ballots at a place called the central count. There are approximately 22,000 mail-in ballots to count. Republican poll workers wear red wristbands / Democratic poll workers wear blue wristbands. pic.twitter.com/ZhR3Uf2sdW
—Charles Benson (@CharlesBenson4) February 15, 2022
Many people came out to vote for the mayoral race in Milwaukee. For the first time in nearly 20 years, Tom Barrett’s name did not appear on the ballot.
“He’s all I know. I never got to vote for Norquist. They were the only two mayors I could name off the top of my head in my life,” said voter Patrick Murphy.
Voters will narrow a field of seven candidates to two for the April election.
“It’s good to see that there are a lot of different people coming forward and people from all walks of life coming forward so that we have some diversity among the candidates,” Emily Bruskotter said.
“It’s always good to have new people, new ideas coming forward. Life is all about progression,” said Michael Hagler.
“I’m ready to move on,” said James Asbury.
The spring primary doesn’t typically draw people lines, but the executive director of the Milwaukee Election Commission estimated the city would see a turnout of 25-30 percent. So far, the commission has about 22,000 mail-in ballots, not including Tuesday’s mail or drop boxes.
Polling stations are open until 8 p.m.
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