Polls Open in Historic Recall Election

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Polling places are open in Wisconsin for a historic recall election that's expected to draw large numbers of voters.

Gov. Scott Walker is only the third governor in U.S. history to face a recall vote. One thing on which he and challenger Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett agree is that it will all come down to turnout -- which candidate has motivated more supporters to go to the polls.

State elections officials predict 60 percent to 65 percent of eligible voters will turn out at the polls. The average turnout in a midterm election for governor is 47 percent.

The vote is a culmination of more than a year of turmoil in Wisconsin after Walker pushed through a bill cutting collective bargaining rights for most public employees to balance the state budget.

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