Miller Park, Fiserv Forum will no longer serve as early voting sites due to 'legal challenge concerns'

Posted at 10:28 AM, Oct 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-06 13:30:08-04

MILWAUKEE -- Miller Park and Fiserv Forum will no longer be used as in-person absentee voting sites this fall due to potential legal challenges, the City of Milwaukee announced Tuesday.

“Unfortunately, the addition of these two sites could be legally challenged due to a recent court ruling, and we don’t want to do anything that could risk a City of Milwaukee voter’s ballot being counted,” said Claire Woodall-Vogg, Milwaukee Election Commission Executive Director. “We want residents of Milwaukee to feel complete and unwavering confidence that their ballot will be counted in the election and this action reflects that commitment.”

Milwaukee had previously added both locations as early voting sites amid response to the COVID-19 pandemic and "a desire to meet public demand for early voting," according to a news release.

The City is still offering 13 in-person absentee "early" voting locations, Woodall-Vogg said. Milwaukee had three such sites in November 2016 and eight in November 2018.

“Early voting opportunities are critical to reducing any crowding at voting sites on Election Day,” said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. “Milwaukee is dedicated to administering a safe, accessible and transparent Presidential Election. We are doing everything within our ability to make sure every person in this city has a fair chance to cast a ballot and regret we are not able to pursue the unique opportunity of integrating these two well-known locations.”

"While we were excited to welcome voters to Fiserv Forum to cast their ballots in a safe and accessible way, we remain just as committed to encouraging and educating people to vote and making our voices heard in this election," said Bucks' President Peter Feigin.

Here is some more information from the City on where you can participate in in-person absentee voting in Milwaukee:

Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 20, three of the sites, the Frank P. Zeidler Municipal Building (841 N. Broadway), Midtown Center (5700 W. Capitol) and Zablocki Library (3501 W. Oklahoma) will be open Monday through Friday, 8:00am until 7:00pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Locations listed below are open Mondays & Tuesdays 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays - Sundays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.:

  • Bay View Library, 2566 S Kinnickinnic Ave
  • Cannon Park Pavilion, 303 N 95th St
  • Clinton Rose Senior Center, 3045 N Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr
  • East Library, 2320 N Cramer St
  • Good Hope Library, 7717 W Good Hope Rd
  • Mitchell Street Library, 906 W Historic Mitchell St
  • Tippecanoe Library, 3912 S Howell Ave
  • Villard Square Library, 5190 N 35th St
  • Washington Park Library, 2121 N Sherman Blvd
  • The University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee will have hours Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Student Union.

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