Election Day: Voters to choose Wisconsin governor in tight race

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Mary Burke and Governor Scott Walker

MADISON (AP/WITI) — The hard-fought Wisconsin governor’s race, with its implications for the 2016 presidential campaign, is nearing an end.

Republican Gov. Scott Walker is facing voters for the third time in four years on Tuesday as he seeks re-election after winning a 2012 recall.

Democratic challenger Mary Burke argues Walker has failed the state, not looked out for the middle class, and is focused on running for president in two years.

Burke is a former Trek Bicycles executive and state Commerce Department secretary running in her first statewide race.

Walker says he deserves a second term after cutting taxes by about $2 billion and overseeing the addition of more than 110,000 new jobs.

Burke says Wisconsin can do better and she wants to undo much of what Walker passed.

The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board on Monday, November 3rd — the eve of the General Election, said with by-mail absentee ballots still coming in, more than 289,000 absentee ballots have been cast so far. If those early voting numbers are any indication, polling places are going to be busy on Tuesday, November 4th. The G.A.B. predicts 2.5 million people — 56.5% of the voting-age population will cast ballots on Tuesday.

Election officials say the busiest time to vote is between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. They are reminding voters to be sure to give yourself enough time to vote — and double check the location of your polling place ahead of time.

Reminders for voters going into Tuesday’s election:

  • Polls open at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday. To avoid lines, avoid peak times first thing in the morning, over the lunch hour and after work.
  • Polls close at 8:00 p.m. If you are in line to vote at 8:00 p.m., you will be able to vote.
  • To find your polling place and see what will be on the ballot, go tohttp://MyVote.wi.gov.
  • If you need to register to vote for the first time or to update your registration due to a change in name or address, consider filling out the voter registration application form online at MyVote. The website will give you a filled-out form you can take to the polling place, which will save time and effort for you and poll workers.

Voter tools available online, courtesy of the Government Accountability Board:

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