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Negative ads discourage turnout? Au contraire

Any chance we could now quit repeating the myth that negative commercials depress voter turnout?

Craig Gilbert::

Turnout levels in Wisconsin’s legislative recall elections Tuesday approached those of last fall’s governor’s race – a striking testimony to the extreme passions, money and attention these contests have attracted this summer.

In one contest, for the 10th district seat won Tuesday by GOP incumbent Sheila Harsdorf, the total vote exceeded that of the race for governor last fall.

Overall, it appeared that more than 43% of voting-age adults turned out in the recalls.


August 10, 2011 - 9:06am