Oak Creek Election Central
Stay tuned for live updates from the polls throughout Election Day.
Tuesday is Election Day, and Patch has everything you need to know before you head to the polls in our Oak Creek Election Central. Our Wisconsin Election Results story will have all the results as soon as we get them.
We've got updates from throughout the day posted below, and a table for results as they come in. Results courtesy of Patch's media partners at Fox 6.
4:20 p.m. Jennifer Lawrence, as she left voting at Parkway Church, says "I'm ready for it to be over. A little extreme this time."
Jaime Dugan, meanwhile, said she tried to keep an open mind as the election progressed, but "I didn't really gain any new insights from the beginning of the election to the end of the election."
What about the advertising? "Exhausting. Tedious. Daunting. Emotionally draining."
4 p.m. Oak Creek City Clerk Catherine Roeske said this has been a "strange" Election Day.
After an enormous early-morning rush, things have been quiet at polling places throughout the day. Roeske expects traffic to pick back up in the late afternoon/early evening hours.
Oak Creek has seen a large number of voter registrations today, and many people who appear to be voting for the first time, Roeske said.
That has led to some problems, like voting for more than one candidate in a particular race ("overvoting"), but not moreso than a typical election.
No major incidents have been reported, Roeske said.
3:50 p.m. Voter turnout in Oak Creek is estimated at about 50 percent so far.
3:47 p.m. See election interviews at District 5 by Patch correspondent Samantha Nash.
3:20 p.m. Our live blog is now...live! See what people are saying throughout southeastern Wisconsin and join in the discussion.
1:05 p.m. It's the first major election for Deerfield and Parkway Church as polling places, by the way. They also served as polling sites for the August primary, but turnout was pretty low so it will be interesting to see how they work today.
Here's a previous Patch story about why the city chose to move polling places to those two sites and away from Carollton and Meadowview schools.
1 p.m. Election inspector Kim Bogadi said people were lined up at 6:30 a.m. outside Deerfield Elementary School.
By 12:30 p.m., 2,489 residents of the 4th District had voted, including roughly 1,000 absentee/early voters.
Things calmed down after the early-morning rush and have gone smoothly throughout the day.
"We hope to keep it that way," Bogadi said.
11:30 a.m. Over on the Oak Creek Patch Facebook page, readers are weighing in on their Election Day experience.
10:30 a.m. Turnout is expected to be huge in Oak Creek, and possibly even record-setting.
Between early voting at city hall and absentee voting by mail, almost 30 percent of Oak Creek residents cast a ballot prior to Election Day, City Clerk Catherine Roeske said.
Roeske is predicting 89 percent turnout in Oak Creek, up from 86 percent in the 2008 presidential election.
Statewide, more than 3 million Wisconsinites are expected to vote in the election, according to the Government Accountability Board.
10:15 a.m. With Election Day also comes Election Day bake sales. There's a couple happening in Oak Creek — one at East Middle School and another at the Oak Creek Community Center (proceeds benefitting West Middle School).
10:05 a.m. The line to vote was only about four deep at West Middle School, with about as many people in line to register to vote.
But election official Greg Wolf said that was far from the case shortly after the polls opened — people were lined up out the door and all the way down a hallway.
Election workers are bracing for another rush around lunchtime, and again in the after-work hours.
9:45 a.m. After an early-morning rush, things quieted down by mid-morning at polling places in Oak Creek.
Lines stretched out the door and through hallways when the polls opened, poll workers said. But by 9:30 a.m. they were down to just a handful of people.
Election officials said the lines have moved relatively smoothly, and no problems have been reported.
On the Ballot
Historical precedent: How will the candidates fare in Oak Creek? The Bush-Cheney ticket got 55 percent of the vote in 2000 and 2004, while McCain-Palin carried the city with 51 percent in 2008.
Live blog : Patch's team of editors and reporters will be covering Tuesday's election in real-time in our live blog.
Voter fraud or discrimmination? Here's how to report problems.