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Many poll workers across the South Now coverage area said the polls had pretty steady turnout, with a few having early rushes, and the results, unlike elsewhere in Milwaukee County, favored presidential candidate Donald Trump and U.S. Senate candidate Ron Johnson.

Overall many turned out to vote, with Franklin having an 89 percent turnout of registered voters, Hales Corners at 78 percent turnout, Oak Creek at 85 percent turnout, and Greendale at 88 percent.

Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners and Oak Creek all sided with Trump. (See election chart for vote counts.)

For the Wisconsin's U.S. Senate seat, all four communities likewise supported Johnson.

Patient indifference

Co-Chief Poll Inspector Carol Anderson was watching over the Sixth District polling location, the Oak Creek Community Center, 8580 S Howell Ave.  Standing by a podium and greeting guests like at a restaurant, Anderson asks if they've registered.

Many say "no" and were directed to a line with about two dozen others.  The voter registration line was the longest, and Anderson said that was the case most of the day.  She said everyone was pretty calm, however.

"People were really understanding with the registration lines," Anderson said.

While some are very passionate about their candidate, others seem indifferent.  There were also a number of voters who were passionate that neither was a good choice.

"I can't remember, with respect to the presidential candidates, two more contemptible human beings running for office," said Franklin resident Todd O'Brien, who said he always votes.

He did have praise for the process this year, however, adding it was "much quicker than normal."

"It doesn't matter who wins," said Oak Creek resident Phillip Daily.  "Not much good either way."

Daily also said he felt the next election would be the "year of the third party."

Fellow Oak Creek resident Christian Torres said he wasn't a fan of either candidate, calling them "characters."

"Vote party more than person in this case," Torres said.

Village people

Greendale High School, 6801 Southway, was quiet in the mid-afternoon, with village poll workers saying it was very busy early in the day.

"This morning it was just jammed with lines down the hall," said Chief Poll Inspector Stephanie Krueger.

Dark clouds were coming in faster than voters at one point, but a couple kept arriving every few minutes and were quickly worked through the process.  One Greendale resident is glad it's over.

"You couldn't even watch TV with all the commercials," said Shawn Draginis.

He said he wished the candidates would run cleaner campaigns and he wasn't alone.  Village of Hales Corners resident and Air Force veteran William Seiske, 68, said elections have certainly changed over the years.

"Of all the years (I've voted), it just seemed like there was more backstabbing, mudslinging. It wasn't like that back then. It's disappointing, in a way. There's more mudslinging than saying the right stuff."  Seiske said.

With everyone's eye on the presidential election, sometimes local races can be overshadowed.  One resident in Hales Corners wished there were more local races this election.

"I am disappointed in the fact that there's no other contested races other than the presidential," said Fred Walecki, a resident of Hales Corners for over 50 years.  "At the local level, there's no competition. I prefer to see more competition in the local elections."

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