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Absentee requests high in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin voters have requested more than 900,000 absentee ballots for today’s primary, more than seven times what they requested in the August primary in 2018, according to data state elections officials released Monday.

The sheer volume of applications is another sign of the coronavirus pandemic’s impact as voters try to avoid infection at the polls.

According to the Wisconsin Elections Commission, voters had requested 903,760 absentee ballots and had returned 506,709 as of Monday. That compares with 2018, when they requested 123,393 ballots and returned 106,663.

Today’s primary includes nearly 30 legislative races. No statewide offices are on the ballot.

In Florence County, Douglas Drexler, the incumbent district attorney, is challenged in the Republican primary by Gregory Seibold.

Polls are open today until 8 p.m.

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