Wisconsin consistently near top in the nation for elections

CREATED Feb 5, 2013

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  • Anna Taylor votes at Rufus King Middle School in Milwaukee on Nov. 6. Redistricting has made most legislative and congressional races noncompetitive. Image by Mike De Sisti

MILWAUKEE - A study conducted by the Pew Center, Wisconsin's elections ranked first in the nation in elections in 2008. The same study named the state eighth in 2010.

According to the Pew Center, the data used for the study came from public reports and academic research. The information is consistently gathered across states and over a period of several election cycles.

"This enables election officials, scholars, and the general public to compare a state’s performance over time and in conjunction with other states," said the Government Accountability Board in Madison. "Data for the November 2012 election will be available once it is published, likely later this year."

Some of the factors used in the survey included voter turnout, rates of non-voting due to registration or absentee ballot problems, number of provisional ballots and wait times.

“This study reflects very well on the state of Wisconsin, its engaged voters and the thousands of local election officials who serve them,” said Kevin J. Kennedy, Wisconsin’s chief election officer. “For Wisconsin policymakers and residents, it provides a solid basis for confidence in our elections as well as pride in our hard-working, dedicated election officials.”

Full details of the study, including interactive graphics, are available at: www.pewstates.org/epi.