Was it just three months ago that Racine County had 80% turnout in an election? Yup, there were 101,110 votes cast out of 126,228 registered voters in November's historic presidential election.
Today's election -- were you even aware there is one today? -- is highlighted by a five-candidate statewide primary for Wisconsin School Superintendent and a four-candidate primary for Racine's 1st District City Council Seat. To put things mildly, it is not expected to produce long lines at the polls.
The Government Accountability Board, in fact, expects between 6% and 10% turnout statewide. Eight years ago, the last time there was a similar race with no incumbent, the turnout was 6.5%. Racine County Clerk Wendy Christensen is more optimistic than that here, and has printed 24,000 ballots That would work out to 19% turnout if every one of those ballots is used by a voter. Good luck with that.
Still, an election is an election, your civic duty, your inalienable right in a Democracy. Don't blow it.
The school superintendent race pits Deputy Superintendent Tony Evers against parent advocate Rose Fernandez, Beloit School Superintendent Lowell Holtz, Concordia University professor Van Mobley and National-Louis University professor Todd Alan Price.
Racine's 1st District aldermanic race is between incumbent Jeff Coe, former alderman Keith Fair, Mercedes Dzindzeleta, owner of Circles Weave, and Renee Mullen, owner of a restaurant under construction on Sixth Street, Streetlight Christian cafe.
The top two will advance to the April 7 general election -- also the date of the primary for Racine mayor. Got it? That election will draw crowds.
Burlington, Dover Norway and Rochester are also holding primaries for local government spots.
Not sure where your polling place is? Go here to find out.