GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – After about 18 months of campaigning, fundraising and advertising, election day is finally here. Tuesday, Americans decide who our 45th president will be and which party will control the houses of the U.S. Congress, while Wisconsin voters will also determine who controls our state Legislature.
In Wisconsin about 3 million people are expected to cast a ballot, or about 7 out of 10 eligible voters.
Many have already done so. We saw record amounts of absentee voting this season, most of it in-person voting, but the polling places ewre busy on election day, too.
During the primaries the line at UWGB got longer as the night went on, so Action 2 News will continue to watch how it goes.
There have been a few minor issues at polling places in Green Bay, including a polling location at Beaumont Elementary School running out of registration forms, and a voting machine at the Salvation Army jamming. But we’re told there haven’t been any major issues with voting in our area.
That includes at UW-Green Bay, which saw long lines and voters waiting for hours during a primary election in April. It took some students 3 hours to cast a ballot.
That wasn’t the case Tuesday as we saw pretty short lines. Voters say it took them between 10 and 15 minutes.
“I thought the lines were going to be longer. I thought they were going to be, like, out the door and everyone was going to be pushing and fighting to get in lines and stuff,” Salwa Assad, who voted at UWGB, said.
“Things are moving very fast. People know where to go. We have a place that’s separate for same-day registrants, and then people who are already registered can go right to the poll workers and sign the poll book, show their ID and then vote,” Celestine Jeffreys, the Green Bay mayor’s chief of staff, said.
The mayor’s office is monitoring whether voting is going smoothly at UW-Green Bay after criticism of the handling of the spring primary and the city clerk rejecting students’ requests for an early voting site.
Voting lines at UWGB got longer later in the evening last April, so we’ll continue watching how the voting goes.
Assistant Attorney General Michelle Viste spent her day scouting about 20 polling locations in Brown County, part of a statewide effort by the Department of Justice to make sure nothing interferes with a person’s right to vote.
“We’re looking for people campaigning outside of the polling sites or campaigning inside of the polling sites. We’re looking for observers that might be interfering with people’s ability to vote, and then also making sure the process is flowing properly and that every vote is getting counted, the machines are working properly,” Viste said.