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Editorial: Be proud of Brown County voter turnout

11:17 PM, Nov. 8, 2012  |  Comments
Voters line up to cast their ballots Tuesday at the Bellevue Village Hall. Brown County voters weathered the long lines as more than 88 percent of the eligible voters voted.
Voters line up to cast their ballots Tuesday at the Bellevue Village Hall. Brown County voters weathered the long lines as more than 88 percent of the eligible voters voted.
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Urging people to vote can be like telling your kids to brush their teeth. You shouldn't have to, but you do. And they roll their eyes and tell you they were going to do it anyway.

However, sometimes we need to state the obvious, and that's the case when the Green Bay Press-Gazette urges people to vote. We believe exercising your right to vote is the most important aspect of a democracy, so forgive us if we harp on it.

On Tuesday, an overwhelming number of you exercised that right. In Brown County, a whopping 88.6 percent of eligible voters cast a ballot. That kind of turnout is usually found in countries where voting is compulsory. The Brown County numbers top the 2008 presidential election when the turnout was 81.8 percent.

Statewide, 70 percent of the 4.8 million eligible voters went to the polls. That's better than 2008, when 69 percent voted.

Nationally, the turnout was down. Preliminary numbers from the Associated Press show at least 118 million voters cast a ballot in the presidential race. Some reports estimate the turnout rate at about 60 percent of eligible voters. About 131 million votes were cast four years ago. However, the superstorm that hammered the East Coast was responsible for a drop in numbers there.

Voters in Wisconsin are to be commended for such a turnout. It's understandable that many state voters were weary from a seemingly endless cycle of recall elections since 2011, as well as the normal, local elections, including a presidential primary in February, one statewide election each month from April through June, followed by a U.S. Senate primary in August.

They've weathered robocalls and negative television ads that intruded on home life.

But Wisconsinites did their civic duty. And in Brown County, out of every 10 eligible voters, nine of them voted. That's a remarkable figure and one that county residents can be proud of.

What's your take on the Packers Family Night change?

Retrieving results.
Watching practice is fine.(Your vote)
15%
576 votes
I'd rather watch a scrimmage.(Your vote)
23%
856 votes
I don't want to pay to watch practice.(Your vote)
27%
1018 votes
It doesn't matter to me.(Your vote)
34%
1272 votes

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