Milwaukee Election Turnout Unusually High

About 13,000 fewer people voted in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this election compared to 2016. But in several neighborhoods, the number of ballots cast increased dramatically.

Based on demographic data from 2010–which is the most recent available–in city ward 235, over 105 percent of the eligible voting population cast ballots. It recorded 1,768 votes for Biden; and 339 for Trump. But only 1,680 people are eligible to vote there.

There are over 2,000 registered voters there. But that doesn’t necessarily reflect how many people actually live there–oftentimes people don’t cancel their registrations when they move.

The county’s spokesman said voter turnout could exceed 100 percent if there are only a couple of households–and a resident turns 18 before Election Day. But that wouldn’t apply to this ward, which has a larger population.

Four other wards had a turnout of between 92 percent to 97 percent. Altogether, they represent nearly 8,000 votes–almost 6,000 of them went to Biden.

No city ward got above 90 percent in 2016.

And four other wards reported massive vote increases–up to 44 percent more people voted this year.

The increases stand out because the city’s overall vote count dropped by nearly 4 percent compared to 2016.

President Trump is contesting the results in Wisconsin, which show Joe Biden ahead by about 20,000 votes.

The state’s certification deadline is next Tuesday.