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GAB predicts 15% voter turnout for August primary election

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Only about one of every seven eligible voters in Wisconsin are expected to turn out for next Tuesday's fall primaries.

State Government Accountability Board director Kevin Kennedy predicts a 15 percent turnout. That's less than the 20 percent turnout in a similar primary 4 years ago -- when Scott Walker won a three-way Republican contest for what was then an open governor's seat.

Also, that primary was after Labor Day, when many folks start tuning into politics.

Wisconsin had to move its fall primaries to August in 2012 due to new federal time limits for getting ballots to and from overseas voters.

As a result, lots of voters will miss what could be some interesting primary races -- including a three-way Democratic contest for state attorney general, a four-way GOP battle to replace Fond du Lac Congressman Tom Petri, and various state legislative races in which former Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan from Janesville and ex-Senate Republican Van Wanggaard of Racine are trying to return to the halls of the Capitol.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)