Racine County’s high tales of 2020 — No. 10: Loopy elections | Native Information

Spring election

A lot of states postponed their spring elections because the coronavirus unfold. Wisconsin ballot staff give up the job in droves; greater than 100 municipalities lacked sufficient staffers to run even a single polling web site.

U.S. District Choose William Conley signaled April 1 that he gained’t postpone or make any main modifications to Wisconsin’s presidential major to alleviate considerations that voters and ballot staff may contract the coronavirus.

“I’m unsure it’s my place to to imagine the steps taken the state or not taken the state is an impingement on a person’s proper to vote. That’s what I’m fighting,” Conley mentioned this spring.

Racine Mayor Cory Mason, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and others had known as for the election to be delayed due to COVID-19. Mason wished to each reschedule the election and permit it to be carried out totally mail.

“How, within the midst of a statewide coronavirus ‘keep at dwelling’ order, can we concurrently encourage tens of millions of individuals to exit on April 7, stand in traces in shut proximity, and forged a vote? There doesn’t look like a protected method to conduct each of those actions concurrently,” Mason wrote in a letter in late March.

Gov. Tony Evers beforehand indicated he would have preferred to have despatched mail-in ballots to each registered voter in Wisconsin, however was rebuked Meeting Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, who known as that concept an “invitation for voter fraud” this spring.

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