My Sincere Apology to Waukesha County

In my last post, I ended by saying:

“Even a below average turnout (in Waukesha County)…. and Prosser would have been the clear winner.  But we didn’t get below average, we got awful.  And barring a miracle, we will be regretting it for the next 10 years.”

So let’s set the record straight.  We DID get a below average turnout.  Even with the revised numbers, Waukesha county was a bit below the state average in the size of its turnout relative to November.

But while it wasn’t the best, it was certainly respectable (except for you Sussex, you pretty much sucked). So my sincerest apology, Waukesha county, for unjustly defaming your character.  You were not awful.


Today was a good day.  Because this time, below average was good enough.  So good, in fact, that perhaps Cindy will reconsider her decision on where not to retire. 🙂


  1. Ryan, since you could tell by the numbers something was amiss in Waukesha County, any thoughts on the Dane County turnout?

    I have heard about a 10,000 over-vote there but not seen anything official reported about it. Are there enough voters in Dane to have cast those 10,000 or so ballots?

    I think there are many of us hoping we don’t have to relocate to another state if this all gets turned around.

  2. Dane county had a very high turnout relative to November, but given all the protests and enthusiasm there, I can’t say it was outside the range of what would be expected.

    As mentioned in my original post, pro-Kloppenburg counties like Bayfield and Ashland had very similar turnouts to Dane.

    The other county that was suspiciously low relative to November was Menominee county, but the entire population is less than 5000, so with that small of a sample size, bigger fluctuations are more likely to occur. And it seems plausible… I mean, I can’t see union issues really be a huge motivator for Native Americans to get out the vote.

  3. Re: 10,ooo Dane Co. Votes

    I don’t have any facts, just writing about what I have seen on blogs. Some people are writing that there were 10-11 thousand ballots in Dane Co. where the only votes marked on the ballot are for the supreme court race, no marks for any of the local races.

  4. I agree that seems a little strange, but is it really THAT surprising? A lot of UW students who know little of Madison politics probably had little opinion on Soglin vs. Cieslewicz (as far as I can figure, their views are pretty similar). The fact that some Madisonians had a strong opinion on Prosser vs. Klop but no opinion on the mayor race doesn’t seem all that strange to me.

  5. Donna V. says:

    From what I’ve read, the mayoral race in Madison was Lenin vs. Trotsky – so why is it surprising that many Madison folk didn’t care who won?

    I’m in Milwaukee . I voted for Prosser and Stone and – well, that’s all, because those were the only races I cared about, or knew enough about to make an informed choice. I don’t cast votes for candidates I know nothing about. I assumed everyone else on the ballot was one species of donk or another.

    Isn’t it just a wee bit totalitarian to decree that people have to vote for a certain number of races on the ballot, and if they only vote for 1 or 2, their vote shouldn’t count?

    The only reason most of the voters in this state got their butts to the polls on Tuesday was because of the Supreme Court race.

  6. Donna V. says:

    A lot of UW students who know little of Madison politics

    They probably know very little of Wisconsin politics, since a sizable number of Madison students are from out-of-state. And thus they will not have to live with the consequences of their vote. That thought maddens me. These SC terms are for 10 years, which means that we Wisconsinites of mature years must live with the decisions of very young people who have left the state and are gone well before that 10 year term is up. They don’t have to live with the consequences – we do.

  7. Good point Donna….. that is an interesting problem. What could you do to handle it though? Obviously just about anyone COULD move out of state any time. Clearly students close to graduating are much more likely to, but not sure how to address that issue.

    One related issue…. I guarantee that in the next 20 years (probably much sooner), the left will make a serious push to lower the voting age to 16 or lower. So get ready for: “if we trust our sons and daughters to have the judgment to drive a car, then why don’t we trust them with more of the responsibilities of adulthood- including the right to help decide our elective representatives.” It is coming…..

  8. The Lorax says:

    Here’s an idea… make this state one that is attractive for young people to live in instead of letting it grey like the hair on grandpa’s head.

  9. I resemble that remark.