Milwaukee City Council approves list of pop-up early voting sites | WUWM 89.7 FM
Updated 2:54 PM CDT
On Wednesday, the Milwaukee City Council unanimously approved a resolution to potentially turn the Fiserv forum and local businesses into pop-up early voting sites.
Gee’s Clippers and Coffee Makes You Black are among 27 potential sites that could serve as mail-in voting locations and drop boxes.
At a May 23 judicial and legislative meeting, Elections Commission Executive Director Claire Woodall-Vogg said some of the locations on the list were requested by members of the community.
“It also includes some exciting new additions that will be daily sites for the November elections,” she said. “This includes Serb Hall and Mexican Fiesta. We believe both of these venues will be well suited to meet the demand we are experiencing at the Zablocki Library, which tends to have longer queues as our voting hall is there. so small.
Woodall-Vogg said the list is a thoughtful way to connect with non-voters. She said community hubs like the Social Development Commission could be a great resource for the city.
“These are sites where we would work with community groups to organize the events. These wouldn’t be everyday sites, but instead we’ll have properly noticed them and could really try a new way to reach non-voters.
“We also believe that they will both serve as important anchors as we work to ensure that our Latin American community has the resources they need and the knowledge to register and vote, if they so choose. “, she added.
Woodall-Vogg said some of the sites offered don’t know they’re on the list. She said the list was an effort to prepare before the election, and as a precaution, while the city waits for a state Supreme Court ruling that could remove the drop boxes.
“We’ll probably have 12 to 15 daily locations for the November election and then host those pop-up sites,” she said. “But I wanted to make sure we covered all our bases and used it as our insurance policy as we head into fall.”
Drop boxes were a popular option for voters during the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 500 drop boxes were used in Wisconsin in 2020, according to a WUWM report.
The city dropped plans to use the Fiserv Forum and American Family Field as early voting sites before the last presidential election. Officials feared the ballots could be challenged in court because the locations were chosen after the deadline required by state law.
“It became apparent that the board would need to approve our early voting sites, so we didn’t include Fiserv Forum on this list,” Woodall-Vogg said. “So because we didn’t include it in June, we couldn’t notice them as an early voting site for the November round.”
Woodall-Vogg said 2020 was a learning experience for the city’s election commission. That’s why they intend to follow state law ahead of this year’s election with its list of proposed sites.