State had 2nd highest voter turnout in nationWisconsin had the nation’s second-highest voter turnout, but it was down from four years ago.
Wisconsin had the nation’s second-highest voter turnout, but it was down from four years ago.
American University in Washington puts the Badger State’s turnout at 70.9 percent of the voting age population.
Only neighboring Minnesota had more voter participation with almost 75.9 percent.
The Gopher State had a hotly-contested U.S. Senate race between incumbent Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken – one that was so close, the ballots are being recounted by hand.
Wisconsin did not have its own statewide contest. And that might be why the state’s turnout dropped by almost 3 percent from 2004.
It was 73.8 back then. The Center for the Study of the American Electorate determined this week’s numbers by using A.P. vote tallies as of Wednesday night.
The national turnout was about 61-62 percent, with Alaska, California and Oregon still not counted.
The school says the figures will be about the same as in 2004.