Throughout the day Tuesday, Fox Point-Bayside Patch will hit the polls and report turnout numbers, lines, and complications at voting locations. Check back throughout the day to see how Wisconsin's historic recall election is playing out locally.
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Bayside reporting 66 percent voter turnout.
O'Malley reporting 51.8 percent voter turnout in Fox Point Wards 1-4. She says this election process has been smoother than the primary regarding voter confusion.
"Voting was smooth and easy at the I waited until about 10 a.m.," Susan McPherson of Fox Point said in a Facebook post. "About three people in front of me, but I was able to move straight to the table representing my alphabet (M). So, no waiting. A steady stream of people coming in behind me. All calm. I think everyone wants a resolution and hopefully a peaceful result."
"I think it's really exciting though that there's 750 people already this morning," Fox Point resident Pam Scheferman said.
Sarah Vant Hul is another Fox Point resident who came to cast her vote today. She said voting has always been imprortant to her, but this election in particular is even more meaningful because it's a recall election.
"They all matter, but it really matters now," Vant Hul said.
This election, ID's are not required and some voters are less than happy about the potential for voter fraud.
"We have to have our ID's to drive, it's good to have a face ID anyway, something with your picture on it, to do anything," Vant Hul said. "Then you have less fraud that goes on and it takes the guess work out of it. I want to know that my vote counts and that someone isn't going in pretending they're someone else to vote their way."
Lines are out the door at Longacre Pavilion in Fox Point. Fox Point Village Hall Clerk Tanya O'Malley says normally, 10:30 in the a.m. is a slow period, but today, it's busier than ever.
"This time of day is normally quiet, this is normally a down time because it's between school, work and the lunch hour," O'Malley said. "I don't know if this is representative of what a down time is going to look like today. The morning was busier."
Including some of the absentee ballots, more than 750 people have cast their ballot O'Malley said. There have been no big issues or problems yet this morning, she said, except for a few people who were looking to vote for senators, which this local senator is not on the ballot.
Green Tree Road is closed for construction today. Voters are asked to find alternative routes to get to their polling place. O'Malley says she hasn't heard any complaints from voters yet about the road construction.
Students are selling popcorn for breakfast to voters at Bayside Middle School as they make their way through the polls. All proceeds support Rides and Reigns Therapeutic Riding Center.
The parking lot is full at . Lynn Galyardt, director for finance and administration for Bayside Village Hall says there have already been more than 500 ballots cast, both absentee and regular ballots.
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Voters across the state are heading back to the polls Tuesday to choose between Gov. Scott Walker and challenger Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.
Republican Gov. Walker faces recall after opponents turned in hundreds of thousands of signatures in an effort to boot him from office. Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and four Republican state senators also face recall challenges.
Races on the ballot Tuesday are:
Governor: Scott Walker, Tom Barrett and Hari Trivedi
Lt. Governor: Rebecca Kleefisch and Mahlon Mitchell
Registered voters can find information about their polling place and the races on the ballot at the Wisconsin Voter Public Access website. To see the details, enter your name and birthdate in the fieds provided and then click your name to get to the voter information page.
The state Government Accountability Board is projecting voter turnout of between 60 and 65 percent, but Director Kevin Kennedy said turnout is hard to predict because the state has never had an election like this before.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on April 3. Here are the polling places in Fox Point and Bayside:
- Bayside residents can vote at , 601 E. Ellsworth Ln. Please use the Standish Place entrance.
- Fox Point residents can vote at either the , 7300 N. Santa Monica Blvd., or the Longacre Pavilion, 7343 N. Longacre Rd.
FAQs about Tuesday's election
The Government Accountability Board, which oversees elections in Wisconsin, provided a list of answers to frequently asked questions about voting in Wisconsin. Here are some of the most important things to know.
Voter photo ID: The law is currently on hold as two lower court decisions stopping voter photo ID are being appealed.
Check your registration – Elections officials urge voters to use the state's Voter Public Access website to make sure that they are registered at their current address. Additionally, VPA will identify the races voters are eligible to vote in, and will tell voters whether they are eligible to vote within a Senate District that has a recall election. Voters who are unsure about whether they are eligible to vote in a state Senate recall primary or election should contact their municipal clerk’s office directly. If you have not registered to vote yet or you have a problem with your registration, contact your local municipal clerk’s office to check your options. You can register at the polling place on Election Day.
Know what proof of residence to bring: If you are already registered to vote, you will only need to state your name and address to receive a ballot, and are not required to provide any additional documentation. After stating your name, you will need to sign the poll list.
If you are registering at the polling place, make sure you have proof of residence and your Wisconsin driver’s license number. If you do not have a Wisconsin driver’s license, you can use the number from your Wisconsin ID card, or the last four digits of your Social Security number. Proof of residence can be established with a current lease, recent utility bill or other official document issued by a unit of government with the voter’s name and current address on it. A college photo ID is also acceptable if the institution has provided the polling place with a list of students who live in its housing and if the housing list includes citizenship information.
Avoid bringing undue attention or risk causing a disturbance: The state also is urging voters not to wear campaign paraphernalia such as campaign/candidate buttons, shirts, hats, etc. inside the polling place. Those who wear campaign paraphernalia may be asked to cover it up or leave.