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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

 9:17 PM 

Evening rush in Milwaukee smaller than expected

The evening rush was smaller than anticipated in Milwaukee, and few sites still had lines as polls were closing, Milwaukee Election Commission Assistant Director Neil Albrecht said.

Albrecht estimated that the city will begin publishing results at about 9:30 p.m.
While he said turnout appeared high, it is still unclear whether it will reach the 75 to 80 percent level he had anticipated.

Albrecht credited the roughly 2,400 election workers on duty today with helping the city avoid major problems. Among the election workers were city, county and state employees brought in to help.

Additionally, Alverno College canceled classes for the day and more than 200 students and faculty members volunteered at the polls.

Several corporations also gave workers a day off to help out.

Responding to reports that an Obama supporter was delivering food to poll workers at at least one site, Albrecht said it was done with good intentions.

"I don't think it was anything nefarious," Albrecht said, adding that it would have been best had the chief election inspector at the site had not accepted the donation.

-- By David Wise

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