Record voter turnout in Beloit

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BELOIT - In a night where more than 56 percent of eligible Rock County voters cast a ballot, Beloit saw its highest turnout for a midterm ever, according to unofficial election results.

In Beloit, 77.3 percent of all registered voters (14,955) voted, with 11,557 total ballots cast on Election Day, according to unofficial Beloit totals provided by the City of Beloit Clerk-Treasurer's Office.

Polling places including Central Christian Church, Gaston Elementary and Beloit Public Library ran out of ballots, with election officials having to print 1,500 additional ballots than were originally available.

Wait times reported to vote in Beloit hovered around 45 minutes, officials said. Highest turnout times ranged from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to elections staff.

Led by Clerk-Treasurer Lori Stottler, the city will now sort through all voting materials to begin ballot reconciliation.

Of Tuesday's turnout, Stottler said there was "an enormous" number of same-day voter registrations.

"I would like to thank the people (especially the Clerk-Treasurer Staff and Administration) for running ballots to polling locations on demand and supporting myself and the election officials during such a busy election," Stottler said. "I've always said that I'd love it if all the voters in Beloit came out and made me run out of ballots. Well done Beloit voters."

As a whole, 68,786 ballots were cast in Rock County, according to unofficial Rock County results.

According to Rock County Clerk Lisa Tollefson, the total marked a "heavy turnout" of 56.6 percent of the county's 121,591 eligible voters.

"Thank you to all the amazing elections inspectors and municipal clerks for their hard work and dedication on this very long and busy day," Tollefson said.

In Wisconsin, over 2.6 million voters cast a ballot, a figure representing around 59 percent of the state's eligible voting pool, according to the Associated Press.

Across the border in Illinois, Winnebago County saw 55.46 percent voter turnout, roughly five points higher than the 2014 midterm totals, according to county election data. In total, 50,853 ballots were cast of 91,697 eligible voters, county election data showed.

The Rock County Board of Canvassers will meet on Monday, November 12, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. to begin the election results certification process.

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