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Gov. Tony Evers activates Wisconsin National Guard to serve as poll workers in August primary

Sendoff ceremony for deploying Wisconsin Army National Guard battalion
Posted at 3:06 PM, Aug 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-05 16:18:14-04

MADISON, Wis. -- Gov. Tony Evers on Wednesday activated the Wisconsin National Guard to serve as poll workers in the upcoming August primary election.

“The Wisconsin National Guard has played a critical role in our response to the COVID-19 pandemic and this mission is no different,” said Gov. Evers. “Time and time again the Guard has stepped up to help their neighbors, friends, and communities, as they will be doing on election day by helping to ensure that every Wisconsinite can vote safely without fear for their health.”

According to a news release, the troops will report to duty this Sunday to receive training and begin receiving their assignments. On Monday, they'll report to clerks to receive site-specific training as well as help set up.

On Election Day itself, August 11, the troops will serve as traditional poll workers.

“We’re working in close collaboration and partnership with the Wisconsin Elections Commission to anticipate needs in each county,” said Brig. Gen. Robyn Blader, Wisconsin’s assistant adjutant for readiness and training and the Guard’s liaison with the Wisconsin Elections Commission. “This is truly neighbors helping neighbors, because these Guard members will be serving in their own home communities across the state. As Citizen Soldiers and Airmen, we’re honored to fulfill this role and to help our state during a time of need.”

The Wisconsin National Guard also helped out as poll workers in the April election.

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