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Janesville poll worker Ann Perry, in purple, helps a voter place her ballot into the vote-counting machine at Faith Lutheran Church on Tuesday.


About 22 percent of eligible Rock County voters turned out for Tuesday’s primary elections, which exceeded the county clerk’s prediction of 20 percent.

“I’m OK with that, though,” Clerk Lisa Tollefson said.

In the rest of the 1st District, more Democrats voted than Republicans in the congressional primary, with voter turnout for Democrats more than doubling from 2016.

For Republicans, turnout shrank by about 10,000 votes.

In the 1st District primary, 61,051 votes were cast for Democrats, up by 36,184 votes from the 2016 primary and about 1,100 more than Republicans, who got about 59,870 votes.

In Rock County, the Democratic voter turnout almost doubled in the 1st District primary, increasing from 5,927 votes in 2016 to 9,738 votes Tuesday.

The turnout in the Democratic primary in Racine County almost tripled from 2016, jumping from 6,004 votes to 17,088. In Kenosha County, the primary turnout for Democrats increased by 8,795 votes, more than doubling the 2016 turnout.

In Rock County, the overall turnout was higher than in the 2016 primary, when about 19 percent of eligible voters cast ballots.

Tollefson noted a lot of high-interest races drove people to the polls, “so much that it overwhelmed our website.”

At about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, the website was still frozen with results from only 33 percent of the voting precincts.

Tollefson said she and the county IT department were working to put the results on her website in an alternative format.

“Some way, we’ll have them tonight,” she said.

Tollefson said she heard some other counties had similar problems.

Turnout in the general election Nov. 6 likely will be much greater.

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