GREEN BAY, WI - Voters are already casting their ballots for the June 5th Recall Election. The Government Accountability Board said at least 90,000 absentee ballots have already been issued state wide. That’s making for a very busy few weeks for City Clerks around Northeast Wisconsin.
Many clerks are expecting anywhere from a 60-70% voter turnout. At the Green Bay City Clerk’s Office, since Monday, more than a hundred people come in each day to vote early.
Election specialist in Green Bay, Andrea Canadeo said her staff has been putting in extra hours.
“This is very close to home for a lot of people, not matter which side of the political spectrum you're on,” said Canadeo. “So I’m not surprised by the amount of absentees we're processing right now.”
She expects even more people to come in next week.
In Appleton, the Clerk said they're also expecting big turnout numbers.
“I’m anticipating the turnout to be anywhere from 65 to 70%, which is really good,” said Char Peterson, Appleton City Clerk.
But how will all these early votes and absentees play a role the day of the actual election?
It means bigger workloads for poll workers.
“I think they're just going to have to juggle the people coming in and inserting the ballots of the absentees,” said Canadeo. “It's more work for them, but it will get done."
Many people are voting early because they're going to be on vacation, or want to avoid long lines.
“It’s important to get out and vote, you have to have an opinion on each side of it,” said Tammy Thyes.
“I think everyone should vote,” said Audrey Johnson. “No matter what, no matter their beliefs, they should be heard. And if you don't vote you have nothing to complain about.”
The Green Bay City Clerk said they will have runners on standby in case polls need extra ballots on Election Day.
The office is open for early voting Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Starting next Thursday, they'll extend their hours until 5:00 p.m.