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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

 5:41 PM 

Steady turnout in SD 30; lower turnout in GOP primaries

Turnout has been steady in the first of nine recall elections this summer as incumbent Sen. Dave Hansen, D-Green Bay, faces GOP recall organizer David VanderLeest in the 30th SD.

The Green Bay city clerk's office reported about 18 percent voter turnout as of 3:30 p.m., adding polling places in the city have seen steady activity from voters.

And on the northern edge of the 30th, Marinette City Clerk Jim Anderson projected a final turnout of at least 30 percent.

Anderson said there have been lines at his city's single polling location, but attributed those to new requirements for voters to sign pollbooks rather than an unexpected high turnout.

Meanwhile, turnout has been modest at best in today's GOP Senate primaries.

In the 22nd, Kenosha City Clerk Mike Higgins said turnout has been "really slow" -- likely less than 10 percent as of 1:30 p.m.

Burlington City Clerk Beverly Gill said turnout was just under 9 percent as of 3:30 p.m. and the Pleasant Prairie village clerk's office says they were at about 10 percent turnout as of 4 p.m.

And in the 12th, Merrill City Clerk Bill Heideman said turnout was just under 15 percent as of about 2:30 p.m. Heideman said that's slightly above average for a primary, but that he had expected a bit more activity because of all the advertising in the race.

The primaries will pick the candidates to go up against Dem Sens. Jim Holperin and Bob Wirch on Aug. 16.

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