Wauwatosa Election Central
We'll be updating this page all day on Election Day with results, coverage from the polls and more.
On the Ballot
Links to the races, the candidates, the issues, their positions:
LIVE 2012 ELECTION RESULTS
Presidential and U.S. Senate results only represent votes in Brookfield. Congressional and state legislative results are for entire district.
LAST UPDATE: Results not yet available
|Race||Pct. reporting||Democratic Candidates||Results||Republican Candidates||Results|
| 59,725,608 (50%)
|U.S. Senate||99%||Tammy Baldwin||1,533,868 (51%)
||Tommy Thompson||1,370,664 (46%)
|4th State Senate District
||100%||Lena Taylor||66,949 (87%)
||David King||10,142 (13%)|
|13th State Assembly District
||13,219 (39%)||Rob Hutton
|14th State Assembly District||100%||Chris Rockwood||14,451 (41%)||Dale Kooyenga||20,921 (59%)|
|5th Congressional District
||100%||Dave Heaster||117,972 (32%)||Jim Sensenbrenner||249,267 (68%)
UPDATED AT 7:30 P.M.
A Wauwatosa voter turnout of over 90 percent was being predicted by officials at the City Clerk's office when there was still an hour left before the polls would close.
City clerks had no hard numbers from all 24 city wards, but anecdotally, numbers were expected to best the 86.5 percent turnout in 2008, when Barack Obama won Wauwatosa and, of course, the presidency.
No major problems at the polls had been reported through the day, although there were brief voting machine jams, said Deputy Clerk Susan Van Hoven.
"There are always machine jams," Van Hoven said. "That's why we have three people out all day going from one site to another. Usually, with turnout this heavy, it's just that the bin is full and the machine can't accept any more, or somebody didn't close the cover."
The real problem, for Wauwatosa clerks, was not voting irregularities but irregular voters, Van Hoven said.
"It's people who live in other places who want to vote here," Van Hoven said. "They're not trying to circumvent the law, they just don't understand voting laws."
As illustration, an assistant clerk was on the phone during Patch's interview with Van Hoven – a woman visiting from Georgia who could not understand why she could not vote here – and was getting pretty irate about being told she couldn't.
"We explain to them about absentee voting," Van Hoven said. "But they are just desperate about wanting to vote. Seriously, they get very desperate. It's shoot the messenger time. I had one woman earlier today call me a 'dummyhead.'
"In the last presidential election, there was a woman here at the Extended Stay who insisted she had the right to vote here. When we tried to explain why she couldn't, she said she was calling a lawyer."
The ongoing phone conversation in the background, with the frustrated Georgia voter, ended from the Wauwatosa clerk's end: "Well, I'm just not going to listen to someone screaming over the phone at me."
UPDATED AT 3 P.M.
Some Wauwatosa wards had already topped the 50 percent turnout mark by 2 p.m., with six hours left before the polls close.
At City Hall, District 2's Ward 5 had already tallied a whopping 64.5 percent, with 782 ballots cast out of 1,147 registered voters.
City Clerk Carla Ledesma said at 2 p.m. that she did not have early turnout tallies citywide, but she had toured polling places and called the turnout "heavy and steady."
"I was at Wilson, and they had a line from opening until noon," she said. "It did quiet down after that. I'm sure the turnout is going to be high."
In fact, the turnout was already high before the polls ever opened. Ledesma said early and absentee voting was very high this year.
"We issued 9,300 ballots – that's in-person, absentee and by-mail – and we've gotten back more than 9,000," she said. Ledesma said Wauwatosa has just over 34,000 registered voters, meaning nearly 30 percent of voters opted to vote early.
At Wilson Elementary School, turnout just after 2 p.m. was over 50 percent in one ward and nearly there in another.
At District 2, Ward 6, 575 of 1,059 registered had voted, and in District 3, Ward 7, it was 749 of 1,840.
UPDATED AT 1:15 P.M.
We just heard that from Gov. Scott Walker's campaign office that he did indeed vote this morning in Wauwatosa. We were at his polling place at Jefferson School around 7:30 and he had not shown up yet.
- Mark Maley
UPDATED AT 9 A.M.
More than 100 people were in line at 8:30 a.m. at Roosevelt Elementary School. In fact, there were three voters who got in line before 6 a.m. — a full hour before the polls opened.
The chief election inspector said there were fewer people are registering at the polls than in during the gubernatorial recall election. Most people made sure they were registered before today, the inspector said.
One voter said it took about 30 minutes to go through the 100-deep line.
— Lisa Sink
* * *
UPDATED AT 7:30 A.M
There was a long line of Wauwatosa voters waiting for the doors of Jefferson Elementary School to open at 7 a.m., with a wait of about 20 minutes for a ballot for District 4 wards 11 and 12.
In an election where he isn't running, Gov. Scott Walker did not make his usual early showing to vote in his home ward, the 11th.
* * *
As we look to Tuesday’s elections, Wauwatosa Patch is devoted to bringing you the information you need about every race in our community.
Here are the candidates and issues we'll be covering during the day and as returns come in. Bookmark this page for updates, and please share in the comments section any interesting experiences you may have on Election Day.
You can also join and comment on our Cover It Live Election Blog, scheduled to start at 2 p.m. Tuesday and stay live for the duration. Visit to sign up now for an e-mail alert to remind you when live Patch coverage begins.
- Sample Ballot: To see a sample ballot, go to the state's My Vote Wisconsin website and enter your address.
- Polling locations: Your specific polling location can be found on the My Vote Wisconsin site. Or you can visit the city's elections website for a list of all polling places in Brookfield.
- Early Voting: Early voting in person is closed. You can still vote by mail, but your ballot must be postmarked no later than Tuesday, Election Day. Visit the city's elections website or the state of Wisconsin's elections website for more information.
- Registering to vote: If you have not yet registered to vote, you may still register at your polling place on Election Day. If you are registering at the poll, you will need to bring a proof of residence.
- Voter ID: Because of recent court rulings, Wisconsin's Voter ID law will not be enforced and you do not need an identification to vote. For more information on the Voter ID law, visit the state's election website.
- Wauwatosa polling places:
|1||1||Fire Station #1
||1601 Underwood Ave.
|1||2||Washington School||2177 N. 67th St.||View Map|
|1||3||Washington School||2177 N. 67th St.||View Map|
|2||4||City Hall Lower Civic Center||7725 W. North Ave.||View Map|
|2||5||City Hall Lower Civic Center||7725 W. North Ave.||View Map|
|2||6||Wilson School||1060 N. Glenview Ave.||View Map|
|3||7||Wilson School||1060 N. Glenview Ave.||View Map|
|3||8||Underwood School||11132 W. Potter Rd.||View Map|
|3||9||Underwood School||11132 W. Potter Rd.||View Map|
|4||10||Hart Park Recreation Bldg||7300 W. Chestnut St.||View Map|
|4||11||Jefferson School||6927 Maple Terrace||View Map|
|4||12||Jefferson School||6927 Maple Terrace||View Map|
|5||13||Longfellow Middle School||7600 W. North Ave.||View Map|
|5||14||Roosevelt School||2534 N. 74th St.||View Map|
|5||15||Roosevelt School||2534 N. 74th St.||View Map|
|6||16||McKinley School||2434 N. 90th St.||View Map|
|6||17||McKinley School||2434 N. 90th St.||View Map|
|6||18||West High School||11400 W. Center St.||View Map|
|7||19||West High School||11400 W. Center St.||View Map|
|7||20||Public Works Building||11100 W. Walnut Road||View Map|
|7||21||Underwood School||11132 W. Potter Rd.||View Map|
|8||22||Currie Park Club House||3535 N. Mayfair Rd.||View Map|
|8||23||Madison School||9925 W. Glendale Ave.||View Map|
|8||24||Madison School||9925 W. Glendale Ave.||View Map|