Skip to main content

This, from a local radio reporter, just boggles the mind:

Madison City Clerk tells me turnout is on pace to hit 119% in Madison, adding "That would be unprecedented."
@AmyBarrilleaux via web
That's not a typo. 119 percent. You know the wingnuts are already drawing up their conspiracy theories, but there is a simple explanation—Wisconsin allows same-day registration.
More people will vote today than were registered heading into the election. Many people are registering at the polls.
@AmyBarrilleaux via web
The early morning estimates were 80-88 percent. This is just mind-boggling, and obviously bodes well for Team Blue. On the other hand, the city clerks in conservative strongholds like Washington and Waukesha Counties are being more tight-lipped, simply talking about high turnout. Don't be surprised if those counties also approach or exceed 100 percent voter turnout.

Assuming these numbers are accurate and bear out (and they are still estimates at this point), it will be a testament to the Democratic and union get-out-the-vote operation. They're not leaving anything on the road, at least not in Madison.

2:35 PM PT: To state the obvious, no polling would ever capture un-registered voters.

2:42 PM PT: If Walker survives tonight, it won't be a harbinger for November:

Obama leads Romney 51-45 among #WIrecall voters, regardless ot today's vote, per early exit polls
@rickklein via TweetDeck
And this can only be good news:
Early exits show 32 percent member of union household -- 26 percent were in both 08 and 10
@HotlineJosh via UberSocial for BlackBerry
Caveat time: exit polls are just that -- polls. They can be wrong, and are often tweaked after all results are in to better match results on the ground.

2:44 PM PT: And here is one for the clueless pundits:

Boy, it sure is too bad all this political polarization has turned off the voters in Wisconsin.
@pastordan via Echofon

2:47 PM PT: Ha ha ha ha!

Unreal. Madison City Clerk: "119% turnout." Lib site acknowledges it's a "liberal stronghold." http://t.co/... #WIrecall #WI
@DLoesch via TweetDeck
Dana Loesch didn't know Madison was a liberal stronghold until she read it somewhere today?

3:09 PM PT: Huh. This has become another impromptu liveblog. Let's run with it! Rhubarb in the comments:

In my Barron Co township, which tends red (5+ / 0-)
There were more voters by mid-afternoon than in 2008. More demands for paper ballots, more first-time registrants and more young people voting. The usual poll workers looked haggard! They have had three voting machines in service for the past few cycles, the sort that let you vote, review, review paper, then cast the final vote. I saw a dude scramble to reload two of those. I have never seen that happen before.

Barrett has been campaigning up here a lot, unlike 2010. The vaguely menacing dark blue GOP lawn signs vastly outnumber the home brew Barrett ones, but Republicans have always out blasted us in lawnsigns, in every campaign, and that means squat, basically.

My township my be a bunch of redneck farmers, but the Dems have a good ground game, here, and it has always been a bellwether county in WI.

... a reminder that GOP turnout is also through the roof.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 02:30 PM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site