GAB Predicts Primary Turnout of 30-35 Percent in Wisc. Recall

By: From the AP
By: From the AP
 The state elections board is predicting a voter turnout of 30 percent to 35 percent in next week

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker shakes hands with law enforcement officials after a news conference on Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, in Madison, Wis. Political foes hoping to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker over his moves to significantly curb union rights in Wisconsin planned a late-night rally and early morning pajama parties to officially kick off the effort on Monday. More than 100 events were planned across the state Tuesday to begin collecting the more than 540,000 signatures required to get a recall election on Wisconsin's ballot next year. Supporters have until Jan. 17 to turn in signatures. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state elections board is predicting a voter turnout of 30 percent to 35 percent in next week's primaries.

That would equate to between 1.3 million and 1.5 million of the state's eligible voters.

The Government Accountability Board issued its turnout prediction Thursday. The GAB had also predicted a 35 percent turnout ahead of last month's presidential primary election, although the actual number ended up closer to 25 percent.

Tuesday's primary will feature four Democrats vying for the chance to unseat Republican Gov. Scott Walker in a recall election June 5. They are Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, Secretary of State Doug La Follette and state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout.

Walker faces Arthur Kohl-Riggs in a Republican primary.

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