Looks like my anecdotal experience about how well the election went yesterday in West Bend was pretty universal. Here are some details::
In West Bend, voter turnout was more than anticipated, City Administrator Jay Shambeau said,
with 1,480 ballots cast by 6 p.m on Election Day. The city consolidated its polling centers from eight to six, eliminating two senior living locations. The in-person voting went well due to the assistance given at the county level, he said, including sending county employees to help as needed.
And of the 17,872 registered voters in West Bend, more than 8,100, or 45 percent, voted absentee, which Shambeau said was a record
for the city. This form of voting was a success, he said, that the city plans to build on for future elections.
“The city of West Bend clerk’s office went above and beyond to accomplish this election as safely and as efficiently as possible,” Shambeau said. “From the onset, we took an active approach to promoting absentee voting both by mail and in-person at City Hall.”
If these numbers are right, then turnout was over 50%. That’s higher than I expected for this kind of election, but it’s great. Perhaps all of the media attention about the election reminded more people to get out and vote.
Hats off to the folks at the City Clerk’s office and the City of West Bend. Well done.