'Due to legal concerns,' Miller Park and Fiserv Forum will no longer be early voting sites

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Due to legal concerns, the City of Milwaukee Election Commission announced Tuesday, Oct. 6, that Miller Park and Fiserv Forum will not be used as in-person absentee "early" voting sites for the election Nov. 3.

According to a news release, the city had previously added both locations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and a desire to meet public demand for early voting by the safest means available.

"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.”

The Milwaukee Bucks and Fiserv Forum President Peter Feigin: 

"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."

Alex Lasry, Senior Vice President for the Milwaukee Bucks tweeted following the news: 

Milwaukee is still offering 13 in-person absentee “early” voting locations that are geographically spread out across the city. 

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, 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Locations listed below are open Mondays & Tuesdays 7:00am to 1:00pm, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 1:00pm to 7:00pm, and Saturdays - Sundays 10:00am to 4:00pm:

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, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Student Union.

“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.”

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