The early voting system in Wisconsin was down for some time Friday, preventing county clerks from registering any absentee ballots filed.
Early voting wraps up at 5 p.m. Friday, but the group One Wisconsin Now is demanding that early voting hours be extended to accommodate the just over two hours for when the system was down.
“They broke it, and Gov. Walker and his administration ought to do everything in their power to fix it — including extending hours at the DMV and allowing polling places to stay open for more hours of early voting,” One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross said in a statement Friday.
Brown County Clerk Sandy Juno said that this year’s absentee voting has had a higher turnout than a regular spring election, but still not as much as the general election sees in November. She went on to say that early voting is a growing trend.
More than 170,000 absentee ballots were sent out this year out this year. Eighty-seven thousand of them were turned in in-person to clerk’s offices around the state.