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We'll be updating this liveblog all day with information from the ground in Wisconsin as the grassroots works to recall the Republicans and stop the war on working families that Scott Walker and his allies up for election today started.

More updates, plus pictures from the ground, are available here.

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Hit the jump for the updates!

Update 12:10 pm Central -- Numbers for the night

Shilling and King won -- so that's two for Democrats. 3 others were called for the Republican incumbents. And they're still counting votes in SD8 -- Darling vs. Pasch. Numbers here, though most people don't expect big updates until tomorrow.

Update 11:16 pm Central -- Second race called for a Democrat!

King wins over Hopper in District 18!

Our second win for the night -- click here to chip in and help fight for more progressives.

Photo from the rally in Madison!

Update 10:10 pm Central -- First race called for a Democrat!

Shilling wins her race against Kapanke in District 32!

We've proved we can win -- click here to chip in and help fight for more progressives.

Update 8:30 pm Central -- Results are coming

The best results seem to be at the Associated Press. Still early, but they're coming in!

Update 8:00 pm Central -- Polls are closed!

The polls have closed! If you're in line, stay in line -- you will be allowed to vote.

If you've already voted, follow along as the results come in at the Journal Sentinal, the Associated Press, and Daily Kos.

Update 7:30 pm Central -- 30 minutes to go!

Last chance to vote! Remember, polls close at 8pm, you don't need your ID to vote, and if you're in line by 8pm, the polls must stay open to allow you to cast your ballot.

You can look up your polling place here.

If you're not registered to vote, you CAN register to vote at the polls. Here's information on how to do it.

If you have any trouble using your right to vote, call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683) or tweet @EPWisco.

Update 7:00 pm Central -- 1 hour to go!

An hour until polls close. Here's one of the stars of PCCC's original Wisconsin ad, talking about her ongoing activism to recall the Republicans:

Update 6:40 Central -- Reminder on how to vote

Less than an hour and a half to go before polls close at 8pm -- just a reminder on how to make sure you get to cast your vote today.

You can look up your polling place here.

If you're not registered to vote, you CAN register to vote at the polls. Here's information on how to do it.

If you have any trouble using your right to vote, call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683) or tweet @EPWisco.

Polls close at 8pm local time -- if you're in line by 8pm, they have to let you vote, so stay in line!

Some polling places have reported long lines, so make sure to give yourself a bit of time to make your voice heard.

Update 6:20 pm Central -- On the ground with volunteers

A Wisconsin recall volunteer talks about why she's supporting the recall elections, the turnout today, and what she's doing to win tonight.

Update 6:00 pm Central -- Hitting those doors hard!

The We Are Wisconsin coalition is reporting that over 260,000 doors have been knocked since Saturday, with over 80,000 knocked already today.

Update 5:40 pm Central -- More on the ground stories

PCCC staffer Keauna Gregory just talked to an undecided voter who is going to support Democrat Sandy Pasch. Keauna says, "She had forgotten today was election day, but because I came by and talked about the cuts to education (she was with her granddaughter) she promised to take the whole family to vote after dinner!"

Update 5:20 pm Central -- Walker signs redistricting bill

Governor Scott Walker has signed his anti-democratic redistricting bill on the eve of the recall elections.

Click here to get involved and help recall Scott Walker.

Update 5:00 pm Central -- Hitting those phones

In the last few hours, volunteers calling Wisconsin voters from home through our Call Out The Vote program with Democracy for America have called over 20,000 voters.

One of our volunteers reports that she phonebanked one of the Democratic candidates, "I just took my 1st call and it was Jennifer Shilling! She said to thank all of us for doing this.  After call, I was so excited I hung up my phone accidentally and now have to reconnect!"

Update 4:40 pm Central -- Chris Larson getting ready to go knock doors

The Wisconsin 14 hero gets ready to head out and talk to voters:

Update 4:20 pm Central -- Voter Protection Reminder

Just a reminder on how to make sure you get to cast your vote today.

You can look up your polling place here.

If you're not registered to vote, you CAN register to vote at the polls. Here's information on how to do it.

If you have any trouble using your right to vote, call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683) or tweet @EPWisco.

Polls close at 8pm local time -- if you're in line by 8pm, they have to let you vote, so stay in line!

Some polling places have reported long lines, so make sure to give yourself a bit of time to make your voice heard.

Update 4:00 pm Central -- More updates from the ground

Amanda Johnson, PCCC staffer, just talked to a voter in Glendale who says that she was at a party last night. The voter was talking about the elections and a woman said to her, "I'm a Republican and I'm a teacher, and I don't support Scott Walker, and I'm not voting for Alberta Darling."

Update 3:40 pm Central -- On the ground canvassing

PCCC staffer Keauna Gregory reports from her canvass in Menomonee Falls, "Just had four sporadic Democratic voters say they've voted already - great trend!"

Sign up to help recall Scott Walker here.

Update 3:20 pm Central -- Video from Madison

Recall singalong in the state capitol in Madison earlier today:

Update 3:00 pm Central -- Betty wants you to vote!

Betty has had it up to here with Republicans. And Democrats have got to go vote.

Update 2:40 pm Central -- More reports of high turnout


Via David Cantanese at Politico:
Turnout is steady and heavy in the largest city in Senate District 14, the site of one of two recall races that are coming down to the wire.

I visited all three precincts in Baraboo, a city of 12,000 that sits about 45 miles north of Madison, and poll workers told me that turnout was nearing levels achieved during the 2010 general election.

Update 2:00 pm Central -- interview with election protection volunteer in Milwaukee

Live from Shorewood Intermediate School in the Milwaukee area, a Democratic stronghold where people are voting in Darling vs. Pasch. This is Tom Collins, a volunteer with the Election Defense Alliance, working to protect the vote.

Update 1:40 pm Central -- more on the get out the vote efforts

Gilbert Brown, famed Green Bay Packer, has recorded a robo-call going out to turn out the vote today, urging them to recall the Republicans. More here.

Update 1:20 pm Central -- Huge canvass numbers

We Are Wisconsin reports over 220,000 doors knocked so far since Saturday, with 30,000 knocked today.

And our staff on the ground reports that Wisconsin 14 hero Chris Larson is out there knocking doors for Sandy Pasch.

Update 1:10 pm Central -- Phonebankers on their birthdays


Via Arshad Hassan of Democracy for America:



ArshadHasan
I confirmed a Call Out The Vote volunteer who's calling FOR HER BIRTHDAY. She's 80-something. http://bit.ly/... #weareWI #WI #WIrecall
8/9/11 12:21 PM

Update 12:50 pm Central -- Republicans for Pasch

Adam Green, PCCC co-founder, reports on a conversation he had with a voter at her door minutes ago:

Me: "I'm here today getting out the vote for Sandy Pasch, who's running against Alberta Darling."

Voter: "I already voted."

Me: "Oh great. What time?"

Voter: "I actually voted last Tuesday. I didn't want to stand in the long lines today!"

Me: "Nice. Did your husband vote yet?"

Voter: "He didn't yet. He will later. We usually cancel out each other's votes."

Me: :(

Voter: "But this time he's voting for Sandy Pasch."

Me: :) "That's great! Why?"

Voter: "He's a state worker."

Update 12:20 pm Central -- Sandy Pasch casts her vote!

She voted. Did you? Find your polling place here.

If you have any trouble using your right to vote, call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683) or tweet @EPWisco.

Update 12:10 pm Central -- Turnout could be near Presidential levels


Via Ellen Anevicius and JR Ross at WisPolitics:


Various clerks in the recall districts reported steady turnout so far with some projecting numbers that will rival a presidential election.

Update 12:00 pm Central -- Even more news


BlueCheddar is broadcasting live from Wisconsin right now!

Update 11:40 am Central -- More reports of high turnout

PCCC co-founder Adam Green reports:

"I just spoke with an election observer who has been at Nicolet High School since 6:45am, monitoring voting in the Darling vs. Pasch race. This is a Democratic area. He said turnout levels are where they were in the last gubernatorial election. That's a positive sign for a special election."

Update 11:30 am Central -- Who's who in the recall elections?

Quick primer on the state of play, courtesy of We Are Wisconsin available here. Also, Daily Kos has a rundown of the terrain.

Update 11:20 am Central -- Canvass reports from the ground

Adam Green and Stephanie Taylor, the PCCC's co-founders, and Amanda Johnson, PCCC staff, are canvassing in Glendale. Stephanie says, "Incredible response from voters. Everyone we've talked to has either already voted, or is on their way to the polls. Huge energy and lots of Pasch signs!"

Update 11:00 am Central -- Democratic Wisconsin State Senator Chris Larson via Twitter


ChrisJLarson
Today, Wisconsin will show the country that when we stand up & fight back against extreme policies, we win. #WIrecall
8/9/11 9:28 AM

Update 10:50 am Central -- more news sources

See more news updates and chat with supporters over at the Netroots Wisconsin live chat.

Twitter hashtags we're following: #wiunion, #wirecall, #wearewi

Update: 10:40 am Central -- Big turnout!

Getting early twitter reports of big turnout -- as much as 2010 -- in some areas:

jef4wi
Update: 293 through Wards 1 & 2 in Oshkosh. Close to the Nov 2010 pace.
8/9/11 11:03 AM

Update: 10:30 am Central -- Knocking those doors!

A We Are Wisconsin staff member reports that over 180,000 doors have been knocked by the coalition since Saturday (that's 41 knocks per minute, 24 hours a day) and just under 20,000 doors have been knocked already today. She promises more door knock updates soon, and says, "We are focused. We are fighters. We are Wisconsin."

Update: 10:15 am Central -- Wisconsin and 2012

Politico picks up on the ripple effects of today's elections in Wisconsin:

The recall contests have been thoroughly nationalized, accompanied by the total war ethos and scorched earth tactics that typically mark national races. The reason? Both sides view Tuesday as the first major battle of the 2012 election.

...

Yet the ripples from Tuesday’s election will reach well beyond Wisconsin’s borders. Successfully recalling even half of the six senators who voted with Walker would invigorate the liberal base both within the key battleground state and outside it just as the 2012 presidential campaign begins to heat up. It would also send a powerful message to Republicans about the risks of a head-on confrontation with labor. For the GOP, a successful defense of the seats would serve as a validation of their bold statehouse agenda in the aftermath of the 2010 elections.

...

Then there are the third party groups, which are far outspending the candidates. They’ve poured in more than $30 million , according to the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, which tracks political spending. That’s just shy of the $37 million total spent on last year’s governor’s race.

From the left, it’s the Progressive Change Campaign Committee; Howard Dean’s Democracy for America; the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the Service Employees International Union. On the right, it’s Tea Party Express, Americans for Prosperity and the Club for Growth.

Update: 10:00 am Central -- Update from the We Are Wisconsin Milwaukee Office


"Volunteers are flowing through the Milwaukee We Are Wisconsin office, getting out the vote for Sandy Pasch -- whose running neck and neck with Republican Alberta Darling. Babies are in tow, helping to get out the crucial 'awww' vote!"
--Stephanie Taylor, PCCC co-founder

Update: 9:30 am Central -- News sources to watch

The Wisconsin blogger Twitter list is an essential follow to watch for more news on today's recall elections.

Other good resources include The American Prospect and Patch.

Update: 9:00 am Central -- Voter protection information

You can look up your polling place here.

If you're not registered to vote, you CAN register to vote at the polls. Here's information on how to do it.

If you have any trouble using your right to vote, call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683) or tweet @EPWisco.

Polls close at 8pm local time!

Update: 8:45am Central -- Darling says she's nervous

Alberta Darling, Scott Walker Republican up for recall today, was heard on right-wing radio saying she was "very nervous" and concerned about the canard of "voter integrity" and "double balloting" in Milwaukee, basically accusing her opponent, Sandy Pasch, of voter fraud. She also said her campaign was people-powered, despite her close connection with the billionaire Koch brothers.

Update: 8:30am Central

Polls are open in Wisconsin! Stay tuned for more!

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