Counting down the days until Election Day in Wisconsin: What is the best way to proceed?

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There are still many questions about the future of the April 7th election and the safest ways for voters to cast their ballots.

The statewide election is the presidential primary, but voters will also see a heated state Supreme Court race and other local races like Milwaukee mayor and county executive.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed nearly everything about the election and the way ballots get to voters' hands.

"Unless the Legislature or the governor takes some action, there are a lot of people who want to vote but won't have the opportunity to vote," said Neil Albrecht, executive director for City of Milwaukee Election Commission.

Milwaukee city officials implemented drive-up voting and encourage every voter to request an absentee ballot. On Friday, Gov. Tony Evers called on the Republican-controlled State Legislature to send absentee ballots to every registered voter living in Wisconsin.

But Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos called Evers' plan "logistically impossible and incredibly flawed" because of the short timeline before Election Day and because clerks are already running out of supplies.

Albrecht also said it's "not realistic" in a city with 280,000 registered voters.

"It is completely infeasible to think of in a 10-day period mailing 280,000 absentee ballots to voters," Albrecht said.

Sen. Lena Taylor said a major concern to her is that only registered voters can request absentee ballots.

"Everyone should request an early vote ballot and you should send that in, but for the people who have not registered, we need a plan. That's what I'm saying," Taylor said.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has requested that the election only be by mail instead of in-person voting.

"I don't know that there's any other state in the next month or month and a half that is planning on having in-person voting on election day. I think state after state has recognized what a serious public health challenge it would be," Barrett said during a teleconference Sunday.

Monday is the last day to register to vote online. People who don't register to vote by Monday may have to wait until Election Day.

Registered voters are still able to request absentee ballots.

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