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Officials predicting small voter turnout

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Gazette staff
February 20, 2012

On the eve of the spring primary, local officials and the state Government Accountability Board predict a voter turnout of 5 percent to 10 percent in Tuesday's primary.


Officials expect lower turnouts will allow the primary to be a test opportunity for local voting precincts, where poll workers will be wrangling with a laundry list of new voter rules going into effect for the first time.


Here are a few tips on Tuesday's election:


-- Polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. But your polling place might have changed. Redrawing of ward boundaries after the 2010 census will affect some voters; some people will find they've been moved to a different ward.


-- Voters can check on where to vote ahead of time with their municipal clerk, or by visiting vpa.wi.gov, the Government Accountability Board's online voter public access site. Gazettextra.com also has voter maps and other resources, including news coverage of primary races listed in the election section under Special Sections.


Here's a look at some key races in the area:


-- Open seat for Rock County judge. Six Janesville attorneys are competing to replace retiring Judge James Welker. The top two vote-getters in the primary will advance to the April 3 election. The candidates include Tod Daniel, 69; Mike Haakenson, 49; Jack Hoag, 59; Barb McCrory, 49; Tom McDonald, 31, and Harry C. O'Leary, 49, all of Janesville.


-- The Walworth County Board District 10 seat, which includes Bloomfield Township and Genoa City. The top two voter-getters advance to the April 3 general election. Candidates for that election are: Elizabeth Lyons, 52, of Genoa City, Kenneth H. Monroe, 72, Pell Lake and David Nusberger, 52, Genoa City.


-- Four candidates are running for the Walworth County Board District 6 seat. District 6 includes the city of Elkhorn and a portion of Sugar Creek Township. The two top vote-getters will advance to the April 3 election. Candidates for that race are: James M. Boardman Sr., 71, Pat M. Clancy, 59, Paul L. Fisher, 47 and Tim Schiefelbein, all of Elkhorn.



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