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Turnout for Tuesday's election just under 20%


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The turnout for Tuesday’s Wisconsin spring elections was just under the 20 percent predicted by the state Government Accountability Board.

According to the unofficial returns, about 18 percent of eligible voters gave state public school Superintendent Tony Evers a second four-year term. And 19 percent of voters re-elected State Supreme Court Justice Pat Roggensack to a second 10-year term.

Both incumbents won by wide margins – Roggensack by 14 percentage points, and Evers by 22 points.

Elections’ officials say Tuesday’s turnout was normal for an April election – which usually attracts anywhere from 17 to 21 percent.

2011 was a big exception. About one of every three voters cast ballots in the Supreme Court race. But that was because Governor Scott Walker’s opponents turned the contest into a referendum on the GOP law that virtually ended most public union bargaining.