Mayors across the state ask WI DHS Secretary Andrea Palm to stop in-person voting

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Posted at 6:10 PM, Apr 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-05 20:06:37-04

WISCONSIN — Mayors across Wisconsin have called upon Secretary Andrea Palm, of The Department of Human Services, to stop the in-person election scheduled for April 7th.

The Mayors represent over 1.35 million constituents whom they want to protect against potential unnecessary exposure to COVID-19.

They're asking Palm to help ensure every eligible voter has the right to vote without jeopardizing their health.

Additionally, the Mayors are asking the Wisconsin Legislature to respect Governor Evers’ request for a special session and create a solution that protects public health and the right to vote.

“We believe the most logical way to accomplish an election that maintains the safer-at-home order is to mail every registered voter a ballot.”

They end the letter by mentioning Wisconsin is the only state that has not reached a solution for voting in an April election without endangering their citizens.

So far, the letter has been signed by Mayor Tom Barrett of Milwaukee, Mayor Eric Genrich of Green Bay, Mayor Lori Palmeri of Oshkosh, Mayor Tim Kabat of La Crosse, Mayor John Antaramian of Kenosha, Mayor Cory Mason of Racine, Mayor Tim Hanna of Appleton, Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway of Madison, Mayor Karen Mischel of Viroqua, and Mayor Kathy Ehley of Wauwatosa.

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