MADISON, Wis. -- Democrats in the Wisconsin legislature have introduced a bill that would move all 2020 elections to a vote by mail system.
Just two days after thousands in Wisconsin cast their ballots in person amid the coronavirus pandemic and confusion bloomed over the state of some absentee ballots, Democrats say the bill will "preserve voter rights while keeping voters and poll workers safe."
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“What we witnessed on April 7th at polling places across Wisconsin was a tragedy, and worse, an avoidable tragedy. Forcing people to make the impossible choice between risking their health and exercising their right to vote is one of the most cynical things I’ve seen during my time in public service,” Rep. Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh) stated. “During this public health crisis, it is important that we preserve and protect the fundamentals of our democracy. We need to act urgently to maximize voter accessibility. Moving to a Vote by Mail system will protect our democracy and keep Wisconsinites safe.”
Co-sponsors include Rep. Dianne Hesselbein (D-Middleton), Rep. Mark Spreitzer (D-Beloit), and Rep Steve. Doyle (D-Onalaska).
Legislative Republicans are expected to oppose the measure. Republican Party of Wisconsin Executive Director Mark Jefferson says what happened this week is exactly why the plan is flawed.
"The ballots found in a Milwaukee post office yesterday demonstrate exactly why Wisconsin is not ready to shift to a mail-in voting system," Jefferson said.