Absentee Voting Heating up in Wisconsin Recall Election

By KBJR News 1

May 24, 2012 Updated May 24, 2012 at 5:39 PM CST

Superior, WI (Northlands NewsCenter)
-- The number of absentee votes cast in the 2012 Wisconsin Gubernatorial Recall election has already surpassed the May Primary.

The government accountability board tracks these numbers, showing that 90,000 ballots have been issued in the badger state compared to a total of 68,000 in the primary.

The Superior city clerks office is seeing more absentee vote requests every day.

They say the number of absentee ballots this election could surpass any traditional gubernatorial race in the past.

Superior has hired extra staff to help with the anticipated extra work over the next couple of weeks.

City Clerks say that the high number of absentee voters is a good indicator that overall voter turnout will be very high on June 5th.

"I don't think we are going to be quite as high as the presidential but we are going to be higher than a normal governor's election for turnout." said Superior City Clerk Terri Kalan.

The latest Marquette Law School poll shows that more Republicans say they're absolutely certain to vote on June 5th at a projected 91% compared with a projected 83% for Democrats.

The latest polls give Governor Walker a five point lead.

Friday, June 1st is the deadline for submitting absentee ballots.

May 31st is the last day to request a ballot.

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