Officials expect high voter turnout


Visits to Eau Claire by four presidential hopefuls during the weekend could spur more voters than normal to turn out at polling places in today’s election. State elections officials project a 40 percent voter turnout in today’s election across Wisconsin, which features the presidential primary, a contest for a state Supreme Court seat and races for a variety of positions for judge, school boards, city councils, county boards and others. That percentage would be the highest in the state in a presidential primary since 1980, officials said. If the 40 percent figure is true for Eau Claire County, 32,218 of the county’s 80,546 eligible voters would fill out ballots. But Eau Claire County Clerk Janet Loomis said she expects that number to be higher here after visits by Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump on Sunday, followed by Republican Ted Cruz on Monday. Cruz also visited Altoona on March 29. Republican candidate John Kasich did not visit the region.



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