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Exact number of absentee votes in Wisconsin won't be known until after Tuesday


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - We won’t know until after Tuesday’s election how many Wisconsinites received absentee ballots and voted early.

The state Government Accountability Board said Monday that 545,000 absentee ballots were requested – but that does not necessarily include all the ballots that Wisconsin residents requested by mail.

Only military and overseas ballots are required to be tracked by the state’s registration system, so the final numbers could be much higher once all the paperwork is in.

We do know that 392,000 people voted early in local clerks’ offices by last Friday’s deadline. Almost one of every 10 of those early votes was cast in Milwaukee.

If you received an absentee ballot by mail, and you still have it, you must mail it back Tuesday – and it must arrive at your local clerk’s office by the end of Friday or else it won’t count.

In the last presidential election four years ago, almost 634,000 absentee ballots were cast. Officials said about 1 of every 5 Wisconsin voters cast their ballots early that year.