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First day of early voting means long lines at some Milwaukee polling sites

Posted at 6:37 PM, Oct 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-20 19:37:51-04

MILWAUKEE — It felt like Election Day at the early in-person voting sites in Milwaukee Tuesday, as hundreds of people turned out and lined up at the 14 different sites around the city.

On the north side, at Washington Park Library at 2121 N. Sherman Blvd., the line was moving quickly most of the day.

“Like 25 minutes,” said Tarressa Harrison, a Washington Heights resident.

“Maybe 45 minutes maximum,” said William Cramton, a Washington Heights resident.

For others, it was even longer.

“About 20 rows or so,” said Annie Denison, a west side resident, who counted her time based on her knitting rows.

For non-knitters that equals about an hour and half.

Over on the south side, at the Zablocki Library, that wait time at times topped two hours.

“It was two hours and 14 minutes,” said Jim Dominguez, who checked his phone for the exact time. “To vote.”

“I saw the line, I already had chairs in the back of the car. I said why not,” said Marilyn Cooper, who was waiting in a lawn chair she brought.

Despite the wait, this how they felt the safest voting.

“I want to make sure it counted. No problem with the mail, anything,” said Cooper.

“I wanted to make sure my vote counted. That’s what I wanted to make sure of,” said Harrison.

One of the reasons election workers thought Zablocki might have long lines, is because it is a site with long hours. It is open for voting from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. On Saturday and Sunday the hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can vote at any early voting site if you are a registered City of Milwaukee voter.

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