APPLETON - People across Wisconsin went back to a familiar place Tuesday, their polling place.
It was Election Day again, but after Tuesday, voters won't be back for awhile.
The end of what's been a long election cycle: voters in Wisconsin were to determine winners in two statewide races Tuesday night. There were also more than 6,700 local races statewide and 76 referendum questions.
Despite all of that, election officials were anticipating only a 20 percent turnout at the polls. That would be more than double the number of voters who showed up in the February primary.
Wisconsinites might simply be sick of voting. This is the eighth election since the start of 2012.
One final trip to the polls and voters say:
"Let's move on with all of the things in Wisconsin that need to be addressed," said Scott Scheer of Appleton.
The last election of 2013 marked the completion of an election cycle that started last February with a spring primary, followed by a spring election in April. That was followed by two recall elections in May and June. The year finished with another primary in August and the presidential election in November. The February spring primary of this year and Tuesday's election make eight in a 14-month span.
But it's not just voters who are ready for a break.
"We know now that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and that we can finally take some time off," said Peterson.
Peterson says she and her staff have hardly had a single day off, much less work a normal eight-hour day in the last year and a half. And on top of the non-stop elections, the clerk's office handles everything from liquor licensing to weekly duties with the common council.
"You have to be able to multi-task; you're juggling constantly, two or three things at a time. It's been a whirlwind and we just do what we need to do to get the work done and make sure it's done correctly."
Work Peterson and her staff will now try to catch up on. The next scheduled election is next February. Polling place volunteers are also looking forward to some time off.
"It gets tiring. Last year was too many. We'd like three or four months off if we can," said poll worker Gordon Case.
And while this was the last election of 2013, Peterson says it won't be long before the clerk's office starts preparing for the first election of 2014.
"For next year's spring elections, we already start working on those in November already of this year."
While some are ready for a break, voting is a right and a privilege many say should not be taken for granted.
"I think the fact that we have that right to vote and to not exercise it is a crime and anybody who doesn't vote shouldn't complain," said Case.
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