MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors has approved a proposal to spend $28,000 for expanded bus service on Election Day.
The resolution directs the money from the county’s contingency account to Milwaukee County Transit System to do the following, according to the county:
• $15,000 to ensure adequate route coverage so that riders will not be left behind because of
the 15-passenger limit due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
• $10,000 for a targeted social media advertising campaign educating residents on bus access
to polling places.
• $3,000 to update buses with destination signs encouraging voter participation.
The resolution was introduced by Supervisor Eddie Cullen and co-sponsored by supervisors Ryan Clancy, Joseph Czarnezki, Felesia Martin and Steven Shea.
“It is unmistakable that voting is essential to a functioning democracy,” said Supervisor Cullen in a news release. “But only 61% of Milwaukee County residents cast a ballot in the 2016 presidential election; a far lower turnout than in Waukesha and Dane counties. We must ensure that all eligible voters have equitable access to the ballot in what may be the most consequential election in recent history.”