Voters at Milwaukee County Sports Complex polling location react to long lines

Posted at 1:48 PM, Nov 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-03 14:51:51-05

FRANKLIN, Wis. — Voters at the Milwaukee County Sports Complex in Franklin waited in a line that stretched to the back of the parking lot on Tuesday morning, many of them who were there between the hours of 7 a.m. and Noon reported waiting roughly an hour to get inside and cast their ballots on Election Day.

By noon, roughly 850 voters had cast their ballots at this one location.

Voters said it was very important to them to get out early in the morning and vote.

"I didn't want to chance it with absentee voting or mail-in voting so I wanted to make sure I was here for the actual vote," said Kim Anderson, who voted first thing in the morning.

Voting on Election Day in the middle of a pandemic is something many voters said was worth the wait.

"I want to beat the lines obviously but, it didn't happen this year," said Christine Smith who said she always tries to get out and vote early. "It's moving pretty well so I think we're going to be OK."

"A little longer than I expected. I thought with all of the early voting the lines would be a little shorter but, it's good to see," said Dave Cartwright, a voter who waited about an hour to cast his ballot.

Voters who say they're used to shorter lines say once they got inside, the process was as simple as it always it.

"Once you got in there it was easy," said voter Tim Honkel.

Inside, COVID-19 precautions include plexiglass, face masks, and social distancing.

The virus was a risk that these voters risked exposure to in order to cast their ballots.

"I think it's important to cast your vote, speak from your position, and vote for the things that are important to you," said Cynthia Berndt, a voter.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. in Wisconsin on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

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