Officials urge patience as data is recorded following Wisconsin's record-setting election

Only six absentee ballots were rejected in Superior.
Otto Berti fills out his ballot Tuesday, Nov. 3, at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Superior. Voters began lining up outside of the school around 6 a.m. (Jed Carlson /

After a high turnout election, it takes time to record voter participation in Wisconsin.

Under Wisconsin law, municipal clerks have 30 days to enter voter participation information in the statewide voting records system. The deadline has been extended after other high turnout elections, said Superior City Clerk Terri Kalan.

Kalan said her staff is just beginning that process.

According to the Wisconsin Elections Commission , this year’s election smashed previous records for voter turnout with about 72% of eligible voters statewide casting a ballot. Unofficially, more than 3.2 million votes were cast. The previous record was more than 3 million in 2012.

Statewide, election statistics are required to be posted 45 days after the election, according to Meagan Wolfe, administrator of the Wisconsin Elections Commission.


It’s going to take time to get the data entered, but Kalan said there are ways for voters know if their ballot was counted.

Kalan said voters who showed up the polls and put their ballot in the machine were counted, as were the majority of absentee ballots received by her office by Election Day. She said if says a voter’s absentee ballot was received, it was counted Tuesday, Nov. 3.

“There were only six ballots rejected,” Kalan said.

One of those ballots involved a voter who passed away prior to the election. The other five ballots were missing witness addresses and efforts to reach the voters to remedy the problem were unsuccessful, she said.

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