Eau Claire (WQOW) – Turnout was the name of the game Tuesday, and Eau Claire set a record for midterm election turnout.
More than 31,000 ballots were cast, meaning 86 percent of registered voters in the city voted. City Clerk Carrie Riepl said election day’s high turnout was what they expected; in fact, they had prepared for 95 percent turnout.
“It’s an amazing thing that we had that kind of turnout and thank you to everybody who came out and voted,” said Riepl. “We didn’t want to run out of ballots, we wanted to make sure everybody could vote so we’re glad that people came out and voted.”
Those who received a provisional ballot have until Friday at 4 p.m. to turn it in, but Riepl said only 15 were issued between the city and county of Eau Claire.