Whitefish Bay Election Central 2012
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With polling places now closed across Wisconsin, the count begins to see who will come out on top after the 2012 Election season.
Patch will update local results live as they become available. Be sure to check this table for results throughout the night. Please refresh the page to verify that your results are up-to-date.
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|Race||Pct. reporting||Democratic Candidates||Results||Republican Candidates||Results|
|U.S. Senate||100||Tammy Baldwin||4,505||Tommy Thompson||4,499|
|23rd State Assembly District
||40||Cris Rogers||4,848||Jim Ott||8,566|
|4th Congressional District
||61||Gwen Moore||118,723||Dan Sebring||38,779|
Election Day coverage in Whitefish Bay
Updated 10:07 p.m.
Voter turnout was once again very high for Wards 1 through 4 held at the Whitefish Bay Library. The head election inspectors, Susan Drewek and Elaine Karamus, said that 90 to 92 percent of registered voters in Wards 1 through 4 casted their ballots this election day.
With such a high number of voters coming in, the polls were busiest right as the polls opened up in the morning. The flow of voters was sporadic throughout the day, and although the inclement weather may have kept a few people away, residents managed to make their way during their free time.
“Weather might have kept some people away, but around lunch hours and after work, between 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., it really picked up,” said Karamus.
“It was a steady flow from then on.”
Karamus and Drewek were happy to report that day went by smoothly besides one minor issue in the morning regarding a man who insisted on showing his I.D. to vote despite the postings all around the library stating that because of the court injunction, a I.D. is not required to vote. According to both Karamus and Drewek, election observers were very happy with the way the process was handled throughout the day.
Karamus was surprised however by the number of same day registered voters. 64 voters registered today in Wards 1 and 2 while 58 voters registered today in Ward 3 and 4 according to both Drewek and Karamus. Both women were surprised given the 11 days voters were given to register early.
Updated 8:34 p.m.
What's on the mind of Whitefish Bay's first-time voters?
In a video interview, Patch talked to WFBHS seniors Graydon Peterson and Bobby Linneman and Marquette High senior Quinn Floyd about their experiences at the polls.
Updated 5:12 p.m.
The state's voter identification policy seemed to cause a mix-up at the polls during early voting in Whitefish Bay this week.
As seen in this video from CBS 58, a Whitefish Bay voter brought in a bill in an attempt to estabish his residence before voting. The poll workers told him he needed to provide a driver's license, although state election officials told the CBS affiliate only one form is needed. If a voter has a driver's license, the ID number needs to be written on the registration paperwork, but the actual card does not need to be provided.
Deputy Village Clerk Kayla Chadwick told Patch that, after the incident, she met with her chief election inspectors to remind them of proper procedures.
Updated 2:55 p.m.
Whitefish Bay election officials are expecting an even larger turnout than the 89 percent local turnout seen in the last presidential election.
Nearly 38 percent of the Whitefish Bay electorate had already cast their ballots before Election Day through early voting, which is an increase of roughly 800 absentee ballots, said Deputy Village Clerk Kayla Chadwick.
Between the high early voting numbers and the large number of new registrations, Chadwick said the village is on pace for record turnout - possibly 90 to 95 percent.
Lines were roughly 40 minutes long at 7 a.m. at Cahill Park, which contains the village's two most populous wards. Since then, the lines have died out, and Village Hall was nearly dead by mid-afternoon.
While several communities have reported trouble processing all of the absentee ballots, Chadwick said she doesn't expect any problems.
Updated 1:14 p.m.
One man’s trip to the Whitefish Bay Library polling site proved fruitless following an unusual exchange with poll workers over identification.
According to poll workers Susan Drewek and Elaine Karamus, the man asked to show his photo I.D. in order to vote. It wasn’t necessary, he was told, thanks to a judge’s injunction against a voter I.D. law signed by Gov. Scott Walker in 2011. The man persisted, but poll workers reiterated that they were not allowed to take or view identification and needed only his last name.
The man replied that he didn’t know it.
Told that he couldn’t have a ballot without giving his name, he said, “OK,” and walked out without incident.
— John Kroeger
Updated 12:40 p.m.
According to workers at the Whitefish Bay Public Library, a line formed about 6:30 a.m. and stretched down Marlborough Drive early in the day. Voting is expected to remain steady throughout the day, with bursts around lunch and again after 5 p.m.
Early voting numbers approached 40 percent, according to poll workers Susan Drewek and Elaine Karamus, with ballots continuing to arrive by mail. On-site registrations also were high, they said.
— John Kroeger
Voters will hit the polls on Tuesday, and Whitefish Bay Patch has everything you need to be informed and also keep you up-to-date on the election as it unfolds.
Already, 37.8 percent of Whitefish Bay's registered voters have cast their ballot through early voting. The village issued 3,918 absentee ballots, and so far, 3,806 of those ballots have been returned, according to Whitefish Bay Deputy Clerk Kayla Chadwick.
The remaining ballots can still be returned to Village Hall on Election Day or can be mailed as long as they are postmarked on or before Tuesday and received at Village Hall by 4 p.m. Friday.
In four of the last five state polls, President Barack Obama seems to have an advantage over Gov. Mitt Romney. An Oct. 29 Rasmussen poll determined the race was a tie. The latest Public Policy Poll gives Obama a 49 percent to 45 percent edge among independent voters in Wisconsin.
In Whitefish Bay, voters are politically-mixed, although Obama enjoyed a large lead in 2008:
After you've cast your ballot, we encourage you to share your experiences and opinions in the comments section or through our live blog, which Patch editors will be contributing to throughout the day Tuesday.
Also, if you notice any voter fraud or discrimination, here's how to report problems.
See below for information on the upcoming election and a breakdown of every contested race, with links to individual candidate profiles.
- Sample Ballot: To see a sample ballot, go to the state's My Vote Wisconsin website and enter your address.
- Polling locations: Your specific polling location can be found on the My Vote Wisconsin site. Or you can visit the village's elections website for a list of all polling places in Whitefish Bay.
- Registering to vote: If you have not yet registered to vote, you have three options:
1) Register by mail by downloading a form from the state's website and mailing to your clerk by Oct. 17
2) Register in person at Village Hall by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2
3) Register at your polling place on Election Day
- Voter ID: Because of recent court rulings, Wisconsin's Voter ID law will not be enforced and you do not need an identification to vote. If you are registering to vote, you will need to bring a proof of residence. For more information on the Voter ID law, visit the state's election website.
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