Turnout hits 34% for Wisconsin Supreme Court race


FILE – This combination of Nov. 19, 2019 file photos shows Dane County Circuit Court Judge Jill Karofsky, left, and Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Daniel Kelly, during a candidate’s forum for a seat on the state Supreme Court. Clerks will begin counting ballots Monday, April 13, 2020, nearly a week after votes were cast in Wisconsin’s contentious Supreme Court race. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Turnout in Wisconsin’s chaotic spring election held during a pandemic last week topped 34% of the voting-age population, the highest for an April vote since 2016.

The 34% turnout is higher than last year, when turnout was 27% in an election where the Supreme Court race was the biggest draw. Of the more than 1.5 million people who voted, about 71% of ballots were cast absentee.

That compares with short of 12% last year who voted absentee.

Liberal Dane County Circuit Judge Jill Karofsky defeated incumbent conservative Supreme Court Justice Dane Kelly by nearly 11 points.

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