Unofficial Spring Election Turnout - 34.3% - 4/14/2020

According to unofficial results reported by the Associated Press, there were 1,551,711 votes cast in the Democratic and Republican Presidential Preference contests. At this point, that is our best estimate of the number of voters who participated in the election. Statistical reports from municipal clerks won't be available for about a month.

(The total votes cast for Wisconsin Supreme Court justice was slightly lower - 1,548,504.)

To calculate turnout, we divide the number of voters by Wisconsin's estimated voting-age population of 4,524,066, which is 34.3%.

(Remember, the state's method of reporting turnout may differ from some municipal and county clerks, who divide total voters by the number of registered voters. They do this because voting-age population numbers are not available at the ward level. However, the number of registered voters is constantly changing because of election day registration, making the true number hard to pin down.)

How does that compare to previous Spring Elections with Presidential Preference Primary votes (and recent Spring Elections without a presidential primary)?

Spring Election

Ballots Cast

Turnout

2008

              1,511,639

34.9%

2012

1,144,351

26.1%

2016

2,113,544

47.4%

2017

708,711

15.9%

2018

997,485

22.3%

2019

1,224,303

27.2%

2020

1,551,711

34.3%