Monday, April 5, 2021

A quick note on April turnouts in Wisconsin

I wanted to look at how many votes we should expect in tomorrow's State Superintendent race, so I'm going to look at all April elections from 2011-2019 in Wisconsin, while deleteing the 2 presidential primaries in 2012 and 2016 (which skews the turnout higher). 2011 is still the height of April turnout in a statewide election (over 1.5 million votes), with the Kloppenburg-Prosser Supreme Court race coming as the first major election that took place at the height of the Act 10 conflict. But 2019's Hagedorn-Neubauer Supreme Court race was the second highest, with slightly more than 1.2 million votes.

Interestingly, right-wingers won the 2 highest-turnout contests. Which makes it all the odder that they're so into voter suppression these days.

We'll see if this relatively low-key race tops 1 million votes tomorrow. I'd strongly encourage you to do your part, especially since your vote counts more tomorrow than it does in November, and one little bump in turnout can make a significant difference in the outcome.

Do NOT fall asleep on this one, and allow Dirty DeVos dollars to have a chance of sneaking it out.

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