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Someone didn't expect the numbers to be so high yesterday. Started the day with just three voting booths and ended the day running out of paper ballots in the 9th Ward. We had maybe a 30 percent turn out among the approximately 2700 registered voters in the 4th District.
We had steady business for the great crew of poll workers, again expertly lead by Chris, the 16 hours I helped at Hawthorne. It's always good to see the neighbors after months of winter. Especially nice when you don't have to go to them, they come to you.
Some die-hard voters braved heavy rain in the morning. Skies cleared and we didn't see any blind leading the blind, but friend Gregg did finally make it with only ten minutes till polls close - lead by his mom.
All the local races weren't decided exactly as I was hoping, but my alderman Joe Pieper was re-elected and even received a couple write-in votes for mayor. Congratulations Joe.
The Waukesha mayor's race can best be summed up by comparing it to an incident on the freeway tonight after work: We're all heading in the right direction, making good progress toward our destination. In an instant an out of control, late model SUV shoots straight across three lanes of westbound I-94 slowing my vintage Corolla and all other travelers to a near halt. I don't know if speed or stupidity were factors, but due to the rain, water on the path between Milwaukee and Waukesha no doubt affected his trajectory. No one crashed, which I'm thankful for, just a scary close call.
Remember the saying: if you didn't vote, you can't complain. Well, I voted, and I intend to exercise my right.