Voters bear long lines on Milwaukee's north side

Posted at 5:31 PM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 23:20:56-04

MILWAUKEE — Thousands of voters waited in long lines to cast their ballots Tuesday at polling centers on Milwaukee's north side.

Lines of voters outside Washington High School were hundreds deep throughout the day. By 4 p.m., voters wrapped around a football field and extended up to the school's entrance. Poll workers said around 350 people were in line at all times of the day.

The lines were a daunting sight for voters like Alonzo Evans, who decided risking exposure to coronavirus was worth the opportunity to cast his ballot.

"First I thought, maybe I'm not going to do this, and then I said, 'Nah, I'm going to do it anyway,'" said Evans.

Greg Gruna said the decision even to show up to vote came down to the last minute.

"Come hell or high water, if this is my last day on Earth I'm going to vote," Gruna said.

Inside Washington High School, poll workers had their temperatures taken, and they were asked if they had any coronavirus symptoms before starting their shift.

Poll workers were provided masks and gloves. Many voters opted to do the same.

"Everybody's wearing masks, almost everybody. And they've got little X's to keep people six feet apart," said Johnny Dargatz.

Voter Patricia Woods said it took her two hours to get through the line, but she thinks that's a good thing.

"This is amazing, this is amazing," she said.

"It doesn't matter," added John Kennedy. "No one's going to suppress our vote."

Over at Marshall High School, the lines were shorter. It took Carl Gates about an hour to get inside, but he still wasn't a fan.

"It's kind of griping a little bit being that we would have to come out amidst this pandemic," Gates said.

Voters with disabilities or coronavirus symptoms were offered curbside voting.

"I'm not really liking the fact that I don't get to put it into the machine," said Mary Humphrey. "I'm depending on somebody else, but still, I did get to vote."

Despite voters casting their ballots Tuesday, statewide election results won't be made available until April 13.

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