While the polls will not be open for voting until Tuesday, the hotly contested race for President has brought out many who are voting absentee.
New Berlin City Clerk Mari Morgan said of last week's balloting, "It has been very, very busy."
Roughly 400 to 500 voters per day cast their ballots at City Hall and even more came on Friday, she said. As many as 2,500 people had voted as of Friday, Morgan estimated. Absentee voting continues this week until Friday.
But massive early voting isn't new for New Berlin.
In 2008 during the last Presidential election, some 8,000 absentee ballots were cast, Morgan said.
The clerk's office is braced for the crunch on election night from the early balloting, she said.
"We're ready to handle it," Morgan said.
Knowing that many voters want to vote absentee this year, the Muskego clerk's office has stayed open extra hours. In addition, the clerk's office will stay open until 5 p.m., a half-hour beyond normal closing, both Thursday and Friday, the last day for absentee voting.
Absentee voting has been steady since Oct. 22, when absentee voting started, Muskego Deputy City Clerk Jill Belinski said. As of Monday, the clerk's office had received 3,577 ballots both in person and through the mail, she said. The total will probably reach 5,000 or 6,000 by the end of the absentee ballot period, she said.
To handle the onslaught, the city has called in extra poll workers.
"Those people are a Godsend," Belinski said.
The polls will be open in both communities from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and voters will cast their ballots for the Republican Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan ticket or for Democrats Barack Obama/Joe Biden or for candidates running for five other parties.
The race for the U.S. Senate has Republican Tommy Thompson squaring off against Democrat Tammy Baldwin. Candidates from two other parties also are running for senate.
In both Muskego and part of New Berlin, the race for the District 1 Congressional seat has Republican Paul Ryan against Democrat Rob Zerban and a Libertarian Party candidate.
In Muskego and part of New Berlin, Republican Mary Lazich is running against Democrat Jim Ward in state Senate District 28. In Assembly District 83, Republican Dave Craig is running against Democrat James Brownlow.
Both communities also will help decide the countywide race for clerk where Republican Kathleen Novack is vying with Democrat Jessie Read.
Polling places in Muskego:
Aldermanic District 1: Tess Corners Volunteer Fire Department station 1 at S6731 Tess Corners Drive; District 2: Muskego Library, W16663 Janesville Road; District 3: Atonement Lutheran Church, W16244 Martin Drive; District 4: Muskego City Hall, S8200 Racine Ave.; District 5: Mill Valley Elementary School, S6445 Hillendale Drive; District 6: Tess Corners Fire Station 4, S10030 Racine Ave.; and District 7: Tess Corners fire station 2, W13444 Loomis Drive
All town of Norway voters cast their ballots at the Town Hall, 6419 Heg Park Road.
In New Berlin, voters also will decide between Republican F. James Sensenbrenner and Democrat Dave Heaster for District 5 Congressional representative.
State Assembly District 15 has a race between Republican Joe Sanfelippo and Democrat Cindy Moore.
Other New Berlin residents in state Assembly District 84 will vote for either Republican Mike Kuglitsch or Democrat Jesse Roelke
New Berling polling places:
Aldermanic District 1: Hickory Grove Senior Center, 2600 S. Sunny Slope Road; District 2: New Berlin Community Center, 14750 W. Cleveland Ave.; District 3: New Berlin West High School, 18695 W. Cleveland Ave.; District 4: Peace Lutheran Church, 17651 W. Small Road; District 5: New Berlin Library, 15105 W. Library Lane; District 6: Hoover Elementary School, 12705 W. Euclid Ave.; District 7: New Berlin City Hall, 3805 S. Casper Drive.
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