Voter turnout expected to be low for Tuesday’s primary races

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NORTHEAST WISCONSIN (WFRV) – Despite a race for Green Bay mayor, the Brown County Clerk is expecting only about an 11 percent turnout at the polls on Tuesday.

“Sometimes a local race doesn’t get the same amount of attention as a high-profile federal election,” said Sandy Juno. “but they are just as important, if not more important, because they’re closer to the people.”

Further south, some Fond du Lac, Calumet and Sheboygan County voters will help decide the next state senator in the 20th District. It’s a seat left vacant when Glenn Grothman was elected to Congress last fall. Republicans Tiffany Koehler, Duey Stroebel and Lee Schlenvogt are running. The winner will run unopposed in April’s general election.

“Trying to get the reminders out there that, yes, there is an election tomorrow,” explained Lisa Freiberg, Fond du Lac County Clerk. “A very important election because this was a special election called by Governor Walker.”

According to the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board, February primaries typically have the lowest voter turnouts of all elections, with fewer than 10 percent of registered voters casting ballots. But, leaders say they are every bit as important.

“If you care about local issues,” said Reid Magney, Spokesperson, GAB. “If you care about your taxes. If you care about police and fire, those sorts of things. These are the elections to show up for.”

“It’s your leadership,” added Juno. “It’s closest to you at the local level. So take time to look at the candidates and just take a few minutes to go out and vote.”

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