**Updated 7:20 p.m.: Poll workers at Mitchell School in Racine never had a break. They said traffic Tuesday was heavier than during the 2012 presidential election.
One resident reported a 40-ballot swing in just 20 minutes after he waited in line for 45 minutes; from 723 shortly before 6 p.m. to 764.
The only repeat hiccup was the need to remind residents to vote only for one candidate of one party in the presidential area of the ballot.
Voters maintained a steady stream of traffic at Fellowship Baptist in Mount Pleasant. By 6:20 p.m. 1,343 residents had cast ballots, and the parking lot at Village Hall was overflowing onto Campus Drive.
In Sturtevant, by 7 p.m. more than half of the village’s registered voters turned out to cast a ballot. New voters were steady as well, and Village Administrator/Clerk Mary Cole said for the first year in a long time there are no outstanding absentee ballots.
“That means the results are the results at the end of the night,” she said.
Voter turnout for the 2016 primary was high as many came out to cast their vote in the presidential primary.
By about noon, over 1,000 voters had voted at St. Andrew Church in Caledonia of the 3,254 registered voters and voters waited in line for about 45 minutes at Mount Pleasant Village Hall before casting their vote.
Liz Kocjan, chief polling inspector at Prince of Peace Lutheran, 4340 6 Mile Rd. in Caledonia, said the lines were steady and by about 1 p.m. 728 voters of 2,223 had already voted.
“We’ve also had a number of new people register to vote,” she said.
A chief poll inspector at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection told a newly registered voter: “Welcome to Democracy.”
But the day wasn’t without a hitch as ballot machines jammed in at least a few polling places.
Caledonia village clerk Karie Torkilsen said the ballots were printed on thicker paper and a number of them were rejected and resubmitted several times.
“I am trying to fix this, but I can’t at the moment because everyone is using the machine right now,” she said.
Polls are open until 8 p.m. Here’s what you need to know to vote.
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