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April 3 - 10:30 a.m.
After a 'round robin' of the 7 Muskego polling places, reported turnout has been anywhere from light (D7, D6) to steady (D2, D3, D4, D5) to very busy in District 1. The heavier turnout does coincide with the aldermanic races. Here's where voting counts stood when we stopped in v. the overall registered voters in the district (per the 2011 Mayoral election).
District 1 - 375 around 10:30 a.m. (2,025)
District 2 - 195 around 10:20 a.m. (2,578)
District 3 - 300 around 10:00 a.m. (2,308)
District 4 - 135 around 9:50 a.m (1,875)
District 5 - 235 around 9:45 a.m. (2,222)
District 6 - 149 around 9:30 a.m. (2,313)
District 7 - 110 around 9:15 a.m. (2,583)
All chief election inspectors commented that the touch screen machine has not gotten much use.
"No one wants to use the machine," said Mike Quade, who was in charge at District 3, at the . "I wish more people would, as it makes it much easier at the end of the night. Write in votes especially are much easier to read."
District 6 also is split due to redistricting for the county supervisor's races. Voters there can check which ward they are in by consulting the map.
In addition, there has been some confusion in the presidential primary, where some voters have cast ballots for one Republican as well as the Democratic ticket. This will cause your ballot to be rejected, so please only vote for one presidential candidate.
Steady activity continues at all polls, and some issues with the touch screen machine was reported from District 5, as someone accidentally cast a duplicate ballot. In addition, it seems Muskego voters are in large part intimidated by the touch screen machines, and a few voters said they would use it if there were some early instruction given on it.
Results of voter turnout tell the story of aldermanic races (District 2, 6 and 7 were not visited in this instance):
District 1 - Snead v. Wolfe; remains the most vigorous turnout, likely due to a contentious race between the candidates. Numbers at 3 p.m. were at 725, which is about 36 percent.
District 3 - Borgman v. Lefebvre; 565 voters had cast a ballot by 2:50 p.m., or about 24 percent of registered voters based on last year's April election.
District 4 - no aldermanic race in this district and the 21 percent turnout reported by inspectors included about 100 absentees along with 300 in-person ballots cast.
District 5 - Soltysiak v. Engelhardt; late-race politics by local PAC Stand Up Muskego had made this race a focus a couple of weeks ago, and turnout at the polling station at Mill Valley Elementary was about 500 at 2:30 p.m., or about 22.5 percent.
The after work/supper rush didn't materialize as much as many would have expected, and most polll workers said they were ready to handle it.
Here's a breakdown of the various districts' turnout:
District 1 - easily the busiest of the polling locations; at 6:30 p.m., there were 1,100 ballots cast, not including absentee, which puts the district on a pace for a 60 percent (or better) turnout.
District 2 - one of the lighter turnouts, recording about 600 ballots at 6 p.m., or about 23 percent
District 3 - A district which featured an aldermanic race, so the 1,025 ballots cast at 6:45 p.m. (44 percent) was healthy, but perhaps not unexpected
District 4 - Reported 570 ballots cast at 7:15 p.m., or 30 percent
District 5 - Alderman Dan Soltysiak is running for a second term against John Engelhardt. As of 7:05 p.m., the 911 ballots cast reflected a 41 percent turnout.
District 6 - 697 ballots were cast near the end of the day, at 7:30 p.m. The 30 percent turnout was fairly healthy for a district without an aldermanic race.
District 7 - Out last poll stop of the day, and 608 balllots were cast there. However, it may have recorded the lowest turnout of the day at 23.5 percent.
District 1 - Tracy Snead 361, Robert Wolfe 914
District 3 - Neil Borgman 776, Larry Lefebvre 293
District 5 - Dan Soltysiak 591, John Engelhardt 386
County board race - District 23 (Muskego results only) Keith Hammitt1566, Randall Hojnacki 1406. New Berlin votes in this election as well.