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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

 5:05 PM 

Milwaukee voters complain about partisan primaries

Dozens of Milwaukee voters were unhappy today that they had to vote in one party primary or another and couldn’t switch back and forth.

“They don’t like the partisan primary,” said Sue Edman, the Milwaukee Election commissioner. “They don’t like that they cannot cross party vote. I had a woman tell me this is like Russia.”

Edman said things were “a little rough” this morning in Milwaukee with some machines problem, a few precincts opening early and some poll workers that didn’t show up.

By far the biggest complaint was about the requirement that voters only cast ballots in one party primary. Milwaukee also had a number of polling places that were surround by construction, which made parking an issue for some voters.

Still, Edman said turnout could top the 86,000 the city expected based off what it say in the 2002 Dem guv primary that featured three Dems. If the state’s projection of 28 percent turnout holds, that would be about 87,000 voters in Milwaukee, Edman said.

“It could be more,” she said. “There are a lot of people out voting.”

-- By WisPolitics staff

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