Local voters defy weather to keep polling places busy
Despite the area being caught in the midst of a late-season winter storm which has dumped nearly 10 inches of snow in some areas, closed schools and cancelled numerous events; local voters have been keeping polling places busy throughout the day. In fact, many of the city’s polling places have seen close or over half the populations of their respective districts. With so much at stake and on the ballot today, there is little wonder as to the strong, steady turnouts.
Along with several local contested races at both the city and county level, including a mayoral race and city clerk race, voters were faced with two referendum questions as well as tasked with selecting a new state supreme court justice (Miwaukee County Judge Rebecca Dalet vs Sauk County Judge Michael Screnock). In terms of referendums, voters were asked whether or not to approve a 4-year, $2.5 million non-recurring operating referendum for Merrill Area Public Schools. At the state level, voters were asked whether or not to approve eliminating the office of the State Treasurer. If the treasurer position is eliminated, the duties of the office would be turned over to the Lieutenant Governor, as a member of a Board of Commissioners of Public Lands.
The following are poll statistics as of 4:30 Tuesday Afternoon:
District 1: 205
District 2: 217
District 3: 150
District 4: 175
District 5: 175
District 6: 198
District 7: 230
District 8: 125
All polling locations will remain open until 8 PM this evening.
Check back with the Merrill Foto News right away Wednesday morning for full, in-depth coverage of today’s Spring General Election results.