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Election Day brings long voting lines at polls statewide

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Voters in the Brown County Town of Ledgeview wait outside to cast ballots on Tuesday November 6, 2012. (courtesy of FOX 11).
Voters in the Brown County Town of Ledgeview wait outside to cast ballots on Tuesday November 6, 2012. (courtesy of FOX 11).

BELLEVUE, WI (WTAQ) - Some Wisconsin polling places had long lines even before their doors opened this morning.

Voters in the Village of Bellevue were allowed to wait inside a hallway for their polls to open – but the line still stretched out the door at the village hall before 7 a.m.

In Milwaukee, about 300 people waited in 30 degree weather for their polling place to open at 7 a.m. 50 people were waiting in St. Francis when their doors opened. 

Early signs showed a higher turnout in Madison than four years ago. But the state Government Accountability Board has predicted a somewhat smaller turnout than in 2008 – around 3 million voters, compared 3,090,000 in the last presidential contest.

Wisconsin also has a hotly-contested U.S. Senate race Tuesday along with elections for 8 U.S. House seats, 16 of the 33 state Senate seats, all 99 state Assembly seats, numerous county offices, and almost 30 Wisconsin school referendums.

All polls close at 8 p.m. 

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