Columbia County stocks up on ballots in case turnout swells for Tuesday’s election

November 6, 2018 GMT

Columbia County Clerk Susan Moll said she’s prepared for what could be a busy Election Day today.

With a high demand for ballots anticipated at the county’s 35 polling places, extra ballots already have been printed, Moll told the County Board’s Executive Committee on Monday.

According to Moll, a printer in Edgar, a Marathon County village near Wausau, offered the best deal for printing extra ballots, so she went up there last weekend to pick them up.

“It happens to be right on the way to our cabin, so this is a freebie for the county for mileage,” she said.

If polling places still run short of ballots, Moll said, an agreement has been made with the printing company to print more ballots in Columbia County.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. statewide.

In Columbia County, early-morning voters should probably bring an umbrella. The National Weather Service has forecast a 90 percent chance of precipitation with rain falling primarily before 9 a.m.

There’s also a 20 percent chance of snow, according to the National Weather Service, but the snowfall, if it happens, is not expected until overnight Tuesday into Wednesday.

The Wisconsin Elections Commission, the body that oversees the state’s elections, does not predict turnout.

However, Columbia County’s 22 percent turnout for the August partisan primary election was a near record, despite a dearth of local races on the ballot.

The ballot today includes a race for governor, U.S. senator, U.S. representative and various state Legislature races and county constitutional offices, including clerk of circuit court and sheriff.

Watch portagedailyregister.com for election results tonight as they become available.