Last look at the election: Neubauer outpolls Dallet in Milwaukee County, voting is up and turnout is down
(Updated April 24, 2019 to include information about 2018 city voter roll issues.)
Losing State Supreme Court candidate Lisa Neubauer won more votes in Milwaukee and Milwaukee County this month than Rebecca Dallet won a year ago in her successful campaign for a seat on that same court, voting results show.
While Dallet received fewer votes than Neubauer did, she won a greater share – 66 percent – of the ballots cast than did Neubauer, who grabbed 62 percent of the county vote.
If that seems counter-intuitive, there's more: The number of participating voters was up this year over last year in both the city and county, but the turnout rates were down, a function of a sharp increase in the number of registered voters and a modest increase in the number of voters who actually cast ballots.
(Two voter roll clean-ups, one by the city and one by the state, led to the number of registered voters dropping by 84,000 before the 2018 spring election, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The state purge was plagued with errors that led to people incorrectly being dropped from the rolls, city officials said. A total of 44,000 voters were removed from the rolls through the state process.)
In Milwaukee County, the number of registered voters this year was up 86,108, or 19 percent, from spring 2018, while the number of ballots cast was up just 19,111, or 14 percent. The overall turnout rate for the spring general election fell from about 30 percent to 29 percent.
In the city of Milwaukee, the number of registered voters soared 25 percent, from 248,057 to 310,634, an increase of 62,577.
The number of votes cast rose 18 percent from last year to this year.
There were only 18 city wards where the number of votes cast declined, and 302 wards where voting increased.
While that is significant, a smaller share of registered voters cast ballots, and voter turnout fell from 24 percent to 22 percent.
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