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Voting attendance attracts mixed reactions Submitted: 02/20/2018
Voting attendance attracts mixed reactions
Erin Beu
Erin Beu
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ebeu@wjfw.com

RHINELANDER - Voting polls opened for the Wisconsin Supreme Court Primary Election Tuesday.

However, election officials had mixed feelings about the number of voters showing up.

Election Official Patty Fitzpatrick worked at the Oneida County Department of Aging voting location.
She saw a low number of voters, but she doesn't think that's because of weather.

"A lot of people view the election for judges as kind of a snooze, which is unfortunate because it really is important, because it's the judges who are upholding the law and making the law," said Fitzpatrick.

Fitzpatrick saw only about 57 voters around lunch time Tuesday.

But Chief Election Inspector Cheryl Westbrook was working at the Oneida County Sheriff's Office voting location and saw close to 100 voters around that same time.

"I think it's been a little higher than I was expecting because of the weather. I think the streets aren't as bad as they thought and a lot of [people] like to come out and vote," said Westbrook.

The polls closed Tuesday at 8 pm.

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