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Hundreds line up around Zeidler building to vote early in Milwaukee

CREATED Nov 2, 2012

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MILWAUKEE- Even at 6 p.m. on a Friday, hundreds of people lined up around the block of the Zeidler Municipal Building in Milwaukee, determined to make a difference -- and beat the 7 p.m. deadline for early in-person voting.

"We need to get out and vote lets do this," says Lisa Glenn, who cast her ballot at the Zeidler Municipal Building.

"We had people camp overnight in front of the municipal building before early voting started," explained Neil Albrecht, executive director of the City of Milwaukee Election Commission.

Voters like Jillian Carlson are nervous.

"It's a big election, kinda like the Bush/ Al Gore so it's gonna be really close," says Carlson.

Election officials say the political uncertainty is pushing more people to vote.  In 2000, only 5,000 ballots were cast before election day.  Now it's more than five times that, with election officials expecting the numbers to break records from 2008.

As of Thursday night more than 31,000 cast an early ballot.

The latest numbers from the GAB show more than 412,000 residents have requested absentee ballots.

"They've really encouraged the public to take advantage of that opportunity," says Albrecht.

The GAB expects to release updated figures on the number of absentee ballots this coming Monday -- one day before the general election.