'This is an extraordinary time': Racine County voters turn out amidst pandemic

Posted at 8:30 PM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 21:30:11-04

RACINE COUNTY — In the throes of a pandemic, Wisconsin's primary moved forward Tuesday.

Election officials at Knapp Elementary School in Racine say nearly all of their voters cast their ballot from inside their car.

"Maybe like 15 minutes, it seemed like it was quicker than regular voting," said Madeline Pettigrew.

"This is quite very well done, actually. I expected it to be really really packed," said Mykel Alekzanderh.

Poll workers wearing masks and gloves used sanitizer and washed their hands in between interactions.

The indoor polling place was nearly empty. Only election workers were inside. The one voting booth was set up outside of the door.

"Nothing like it. I mean, this is an extraordinary time," said Racine Mayor Cory Mason.

While some communities consolidated polling sites, the City of Racine kept all 14 locations open.

"You'll have smaller lines and fewer people in close proximity. It was really important to us, too," said Mayor Mason.

In Mount Pleasant, a similar scene played out. Cars stretched around the village hall. Only after being screened by a poll worker could people go indoors to vote, one family at a time.

"It was about an hour wait, but I understand the reason for it, you know," said Jeffrey Risley.

Despite coronavirus concerns, voters tell us they felt safe, making sure their voice is heard.

Election officials urge you to come prepared with your ID and double-check your polling place.

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