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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

 1:09 PM 

Early turnout mixed for key counties

The three largest counties for Democratic primary turnout from four years ago have had mixed results from morning voting, according to local election officials.

Dane County Clerk Bob Ohlsen said that the county was at 10 percent turnout as of 11 a.m., but that weather was a factor in the relatively low turnout. Ohlsen had projected as much as a 60 percent turnout last week.

"I would have thought it would have been a little more," Ohlsen said of the morning vote, before adding that he expected things to pick up this afternoon.

"You kill yourself trying to guess, and you're never right," Ohlsen said.

Milwaukee Election Commission Executive Director Sue Edman said that turnout in the state's largest city has ranged from "steady" to "busy" at polling sites.

"We're seeing a lot of activity" on the city's east side and near university campuses. At other locations, she said voting has not contributed to any lines yet.

Waukesha Municipal Clerk Tom Neill described turnout as "average" thus far. He said his office was holding to a 40 percent turnout projection.

-- By Andy Szal

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