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Crash on US 12 temporarily keeps voters from polls in Prairie du Sac

Crash on US 12 temporarily keeps voters from polls in Prairie du Sac

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For about an hour and a half Tuesday morning — the day of the statewide recall election to decide whether Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch would stay in office — no one could get to the town hall in Prairie du Sac.

"For about an hour and a half we didn't have one voter," said Richard Nolden, the town's clerk.

The town hall was located along a portion of Highway 12 closed to both lanes of traffic after a head-on collision Tuesday morning that injured four people and sent two of them to a hospital via Med Flight. Sauk County Sheriff Chip Meiser said that a little after 9:30 a.m., one vehicle crossed the highway's center line and struck another vehicle on Highway 12 near County Road PF. The road was closed to traffic in both directions while emergency responders treated the injured on the scene.

Nolden said the crash occurred about 100 yards north of the town hall, and the Sauk County Sheriff's Office shut down that stretch of highway to all traffic except emergency vehicles.

According to a news release from the Sauk County clerk's office, the road was shut down from about 9 to 11:30 a.m. The morning voting rush already had ebbed, and Nolden said he didn't think the roadblock would impact the overall turnout in the town.

There are 804 voters in the town of Prairie du Sac, and by 1:30 p.m. 40 percent of them had already voted, Nolden said.

"We've already had some come in and they said, 'Oh, we tried earlier,'" Nolden said. "And they came back."

A temporary roadblock wouldn't prevent someone from voting altogether, Nolden said — not in a town the size of Prairie du Sac.

"We're not a big city or anything," Nolden said.

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