Wisconsin early voting numbers ‘shattered’

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MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) – Wisconsin’s early voting record has been shattered, according to the Wisconsin Elections Commission.

Nearly 800,000 absentee ballots have been cast. The previous record was 664,597 in 2012.

“A number of factors may be contributing to this year’s higher absentee turnout, but the long term trend has been toward increasing use of absentee voting both by mail and in clerks’ offices,” said Michael Haas, Wisconsin’s chief elections official.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission predicts 3.1 million Wisconsinites will vote Tuesday, Nov. 8. That’s about 70 percent of Wisconsin’s voting-age population.

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