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GAB predicts less than 10% voter turnout for Spring primary


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - If you plan to vote next Tuesday, you probably won’t see exit pollsters or party poll watchers. And you might not even see your fellow voters.

A statewide turnout of less than 10 percent is predicted for next week’s state and local spring primaries.

There’s only one statewide primary on the ballot – the Supreme Court race in which incumbent Pat Roggensack is running against Ed Fallone and Vince Megna.

Roggensack and Fallone are just now getting around to running TV ads. Megna has said he won’t run any. The top two vote-getters will move on to the finals in April.

Except for hot local contests, Tuesday will be the quietest Election Day in the Badger State since last February.

Since then, there have been 5 emotionally-charged statewide elections which included the Walker recall vote, and races for president and U.S. Senate.

Government Accountability Board director Kevin Kennedy says turnouts for the past three State Supreme Court primaries have ranged from 6.7 percent to 9.6. That latter figure was in 2011, when massive pro-union protests were going on, and protestors were urging people to vote for JoAnne Kloppenburg in order to defeat conservative Justice David Prosser.

The race attracted a ton more publicity, but 90 percent of voters still stayed home. Prosser won after a statewide recount.