Voter fatigue in Northeast Wisconsin

GREEN BAY — As the election draws near many voters are getting ready to head to the polls.     

Others are hoping the barrage of political ads that led up to the big day will just stop.

There may be a possibility of voter fatigue in Northeast Wisconsin.

At the Bay Family Restaurant in Green Bay, Jeff Melvin says he's had enough.

"Way too much, it's overkill," said Jeff Melvin, Hartland.

Melvin has been buried under political ads.

"Oh my gosh, phone calls, yes, half a dozen phone calls per day. Surveys. Both parties ripping on each other," said Melvin.

From direct mail, to a reported record one million television spots, political ads seem to be everywhere.

"Not being able to watch any news program without getting bombarded, you know. There's other news in the world besides politics, I guess," said Jim Degroot, Green Bay.

So why is Wisconsin so popular?

"We tend to switch quite a bit. And as a whole, the state has 10 electoral college votes. So we get the attention because we're not really solidified. That brings people here even more," said David Helpap, UW-Green Bay political science professor.

Helpap says despite the possible fatigue, people will still head to the polls.

"As far as decreasing turnout, I really don't see that happening, but people probably will get a little irritated by the time this is over," said Helpap.

"For a million dollars, I'll say about anything. And that's what's happening except there's billions of dollars. So they do say anything to win," said Wayne Helms, Green Bay.

"Just worn out about it. Just disgusted, with both parties," said Degroot.

Jeff Melvin says the power rests in the election booth.

"I hope everyone goes out and votes. That's the ultimate goal here. Stop running the ads. Just let us vote," said Melvin.

When you go to vote, you may run into long lines.

State election officials expect around 70% of Wisconsin's eligible voters to head to the polls Tuesday.

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