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Milwaukee launches ‘SafeVote’ plan, voter information being sent to residents ahead of August primary

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- An absentee voting push is beginning in Milwaukee on Monday, July 13.

City leaders said the goal is to keep people healthy while also being able to exercise their right to vote.

On Monday, more than 250,000 postcards were mailed to residents. The postcards will have information on where people can register to vote and request absentee ballots. Through the SafeVote plan, people will be able to drop off absentee ballots at libraries across the city. Public libraries will also be open to assist anyone that needs help requesting a ballot.

The Milwaukee Election Commission also says people need to know there is less than a one percent chance of voter fraud with absentee ballots.

"In the spring, in the April election, we saw essentially 80 percent of the voters vote absentee either through early vote or through traditional absentee voting," Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said. "I believe that’s a trend that’s going to continue, but for it to continue successfully, we have to do the outreach."

More information on  voter registration and absentee voting can be found here.

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