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2123, 07 Apr 20

A Day At the Polls

I spent the entire day – from 0630 to 2030 – at my local polling place. Here are a few thoughts:

  • It was a great day. It was fun to see people. Some were excited to vote. We had several first-timers vote and most people were pretty excited to vote.
  • The polling place was amazingly sanitized. Voters used a sanitized pen once and then kept it or put it in a box to be sanitized. All surfaces were sanitized after being touched. People were generally very considerate about social distancing and sanitary practices.
  • There was a wide range of attitudes toward the CDC recommendations. Some people were practically in a hazmat suit. Some folks weren’t doing anything. Some had some interesting homemade masks.
  • Turnout was pretty good. Out of about 2,100ish registered voters in our polling place, we had about 535 returned absentee ballots when we started and several that were dropped off. That’s only absentees returned as of Saturday morning, so there will be more. Then we had 234ish people vote in person. That’s a turnout of roughly 36%-40% – depending on how many absentee ballots came in during the last few days. Given that it’s a Republican-majority district and the presidential primary uncontested, that’s not bad. For some perspective, turnout in this district for recent April elections was:
    • 2019: 40.6% (heated school referendum)
    • 2018: 32.9% (kinda busy supreme court race)
    • 2017: 14.6% (yawn)
    • 2016: 55.9% (Heated GOP presidential primary)
    • 2015: 12.3% (yawn)
    • 2014: 14.11% (yawn)

Overall, it was a great experience. I encourage all of you to support self-governance by volunteering and making sure the machinery of voting is open, free, and fair for everyone.


2123, 07 April 2020


  1. MjM

    I was voter #506 at just after 3pm in our little hamlet. A few people in line (I’ve been there in the ‘after work’ hours standing in lines that run out the door). Same ladies at the tables except one new guy at the exit table, all decked out in surgical gear. Like walking into an episode of M.A.S.H. I got scolded for grabbing a pen that was laying next to the intake log book… No! Not that one! … then directed to the pile of sanitized writing instruments (which, by the time you got a hold of one you’ve touched 3, 4 others… heh).

    Guess we citizens won’t know the turnout until the tally. In 2016 just under 1400 votes were cast.

  2. Kevin Scheunemann

    All the polling places in area report similar ease and safety of election conducting.

    It is result of good municipal leadership.

    In Milwaukee, where there is BAD municipal leadership, that is another matter. Democrats have no one to blame but themselves for electing constantly bad leadership.

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