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Wis voters turn out in record numbers for election

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MADISON (WKOW) -- State election officials say Wisconsin set a voter turnout record in the Fall 2012 General Election.

The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board says official results certified Thursday show that 3.07 million votes were cast. That's the highest number of votes cast for a single office in a statewide election in state history.

"This record turnout reflects the voting public's deep-rooted commitment to participate in the selection of their governmental leaders," said Kevin Kennedy, Wisconsin's chief election official. "Wisconsin's turnout rate of 70.14 percent of eligible voters casting ballots in the presidential race was the fourth-highest percentage since records have been kept going back to 1948."

State turnout for the 2008 presidential election was about 69 percent, and top turnouts of about 73 percent were recorded in 1960 and 2004.

Kennedy praised voters, poll workers and local election officials for a generally smooth election.
 
"Preparation was key to preventing problems at polling places," Kennedy said. "Our ‘Back to Basics' initiative helped ensure election officials were ready for the large turnout and voters had ready access to information about their registration status and polling place location."

The certified results confirm that President Barack Obama finished with 53 percent of the vote, and Republican challenger Mitt Romney got 46 percent.

Statistics on absentee ballots and same-day voter registrations are still being compiled. The GAB says those statistics will not be available until later in December. 

You can view the GAB's election results online.

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