First Day of Early Voting
CREATED Oct. 22, 2012
APPLETON, WI -- Early voting is underway in Wisconsin. City Clerks are expecting big turnouts for people who want to cast their ballots before Election Day.
The City of Appleton is adding extra staff to get voters through quickly.
“This is the calm before the storm,” said Char Peterson, Appleton City Clerk.
She said they’re expecting big numbers for early voting, typical for a presidential year.
“They're predicting about 33% for this election, which would mean a little over 11,000 people,” she said.
Today is the first day, and so far it's been steady. But not super busy, that likely won't last long.
“We take one person at a time, and if there's an issue that comes up, we'll deal with it,” said Peterson.
“It took less than 5 minutes, so we walked in, voted and walked out,” said Steve Price, who voted today.
People can register the same time as you vote making this a one-stop-shop.
“We've tried very, very hard to make sure everyone has the opportunity to vote,” said Peterson.
Voters say it's perfect for hectic schedules.
“I didn't want to stand in line quite frankly, didn't want to stand in line, knew this would be easy,” said Karen Knauf.
“I need to vote early, I feel like it's such a privilege to vote and I didn't want to miss out. And it's such an important election as well,” said Kathy Donatelle.
The clerk says they're predicting about 88% voter turnout all together for the election.
You can vote early up until the Friday before the election. But after that, you have to wait until Tuesday, November 6.