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Dane County saw 80.3% turnout in the 2022 midterm election, according to unofficial results last updated at 5:12 a.m. on Nov. 9. 

Among 376,531 voters, 302,459 ballots were cast. All 269 precincts in Dane County have now reported results.

Due to population growth, the number of votes cast in the 2018 midterm election was lower than in 2022 — but the turnout was higher. The 2018 midterm election in Dane County saw 296,108 votes cast, an 88% turnout.

In the 2020 presidential election, turnout in Dane County was even higher: 89.3%. Turnout is generally higher in presidential election years than in the midterms.

Around noon on Election Day, Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell tweeted that the county was “projecting roughly an 85% voter turnout.”

An hour before polls closed in Wisconsin, McDonell tweeted an update that turnout was “trending high, possibly 90% in some places.”

But countywide, the unofficial results show turnout was below earlier estimates.


Dane County: 2022 General Election Result

Dane County: 2018 General Election Result

Dane County: 2020 General Election Result

Scott McDonell: Also at 11 am, the city of Madison reported that 47,551 ballots had been counted, which is approximately 27% of registered voters. This is an indication that Dane County is projecting roughly an 85% voter turnout.

Scott McDonell: Polls in Wisconsin close in at 8 pm. Turnout in Dane County trending high, possibly 90% in some places. There are lines to vote in some communities so remember to get there before 8 pm and stay in line!

The Cap Times: Dane County expected to hit at least 85% in voter turnout

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Hope Karnopp joined Wisconsin Watch as a reporting intern in May 2022. She is a journalism major and is pursuing certificates in public policy and environmental studies at UW-Madison. Hope previously covered state politics as an intern for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. She also works with the Daily Cardinal and hosts a radio segment about campus news for WORT-FM, which has been recognized by the Milwaukee Press Club.