Turnout in Rock County as expected, up slightly in Walworth

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Nick Crow
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Voter turnout in Rock County was as expected Tuesday, Rock County Clerk Lori Stottler said.

Stottler said the countywide total was 18 percent. Unofficially, 21,442 ballots were cast.

She had anticipated turnout of between 15 percent and 18 percent. The state had anticipated turnout of 20 percent for Rock County, she said.

“Turnout was about what was expected,” Stottler said. “What I didn’t have any idea about was how stuff would come in.”

Turnout is calculated by taking the Wisconsin Department of Administration estimated number of eligible voters and dividing them by the number of ballots cast, Stottler said.

The estimated number of Rock County voters is 121,082.

What impressed Stottler the most impressed was the performance of the county’s new voting machines. Stottler said 76 percent of precincts in the county were finished reporting with results posted on the website by 8:25 p.m. Wisconsin’s polls closed at 8 p.m.

“It was a pretty impressive gathering of totals,” Stottler said. “For the launch of new equipment, I couldn’t be happier.

“I’m comparing it to Jimmy John’s,” she said. “Freaky fast.”

In Walworth County, 16,017 votes were cast, County Clerk Kimberly Bushey said.

That means 27 percent of registered voters cast ballots, Bushey said. That compares to 18 percent of registered voters in the April 2014 election.

When calculating turnout by the estimated number of residents ages 18 and older, the turnout was 20 percent, she said.

Bushey admitted the turnout was a little higher than she expected.

Last updated: 11:09 pm Tuesday, April 7, 2015

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