High turnout for midterms
80% turnout in city of Waupaca
By Angie Landsverk
Area municipalities experienced a high voter turnout for this year’s midterm election.
In Waupaca County, 22,564 people voted in the Nov. 6 election.
That was 55 percent of the county’s eligible voters, according to Waupaca County Clerk Jill Lodewegen.
Waupaca County had a 50 percent voter turnout in 2014, she said.
In the city of Waupaca, there was an 80 percent voter turnout in this year’s midterm election, Deputy City Clerk Sandy Stiebs said.
A total of 2,341 people voted, and she said the number of new registered voters was 291.
Voter turnout has been high in the city for a number of past November elections.
Two years ago, voter turnout was 83 percent in the city for the presidential election.
In the 2014 midterm election, the city’s voter turnout was 68 percent.
Voter turnout in Waupaca was 85 percent in the November 2012 presidential election.
When asked if there were any times people waited in line to vote in this year’s mid-term election, Stiebs said, “Around 6:30 a.m., we had people waiting in line down the hall for the polls to open at 7 a.m.”
There were lines during the day, especially at her voter registration line, she said.
Stiebs said there were also lines at times for both electronic voting and the paper ballots.
She believes the city had enough election workers trained properly and scheduled to work to make everything run smoothly.
Voter turnout was also high in the city of Weyauwega.
It was 74 percent, said City Clerk Becky Loehrke.
A total of 606 people voted, with 64 election day registrations, she said.
The turnout was higher than the midterm election in November 2014 when 65 percent turned out to vote.
Voter turnout in Weyauwega was high for both of the last presidential elections.
Loehrke said there was an 86 percent turnout in the November 2016 election, and an 84 percent turnout in the November 2012 election.
The November 2016 election was also the year the Weyauwega-Fremont School District had a referendum question on the ballot, for a building and improvement program.
In the city of Manawa, voter turnout was 47 percent for this year’s midterm election, according to City Clerk Cheryl Hass.
She said 430 people voted, with 46 new registered voters.
The turnout compares to 58 percent in the November 2016 election, 48 percent in the November 2014 election and 61 percent in the November 2012.