MADISON, WI – The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board reports that unofficial voter turnout statewide was 19.3 percent for the Spring Election on Tuesday, April 2. The Board had projected turnout at 20 percent.
The unofficial turnout number is based on unofficial vote totals for the Supreme Court of Wisconsin as reported Wednesday by the Associated Press showing Justice Pat Roggensack and Ed Fallone received a combined 844,629 votes with 99 percent of reporting units in, not including write-in votes.
The official number will likely be higher when the total number of ballot cast is reported in coming weeks.
Wisconsin has an estimated 4,378,741 eligible voters age 18 and older. The G.A.B. does not calculate turnout based on registered voters, since that number is a moving target, and can change on Election Day.
News organizations that wish to calculate local voter turnout can do so by combining the total votes for Supreme Court, including write-ins if available. That number is divided by the number of eligible voters in the jurisdiction. To find that number, visit the Wisconsin Department of Administration’s Demographic Services Center website. Look for documents titled “County Final Population Estimates” and “Municipality Final Population Estimates.” On the right side of each table there is a column titled “Voting Age Estimate 2012” which contains the number of eligible voters.
Final voter turnout and current voter registration statistics for past elections are available at http://gab.wi.gov/elections-voting/statistics.
In comparison, turnout in April 2011 when there was a hotly-contested Supreme Court race was 34.3 percent. Turnout at the November 2012 Presidential Election was 70.1 percent.