Milwaukee to have 168 polling places to avoid crowds for Tuesday's primary

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Milwaukee election officials are making changes for Tuesday's primary so there won't be long lines at the polls like there were in April.

Election officials say they are deploying 40 National Guard soldiers to work as election inspectors at polling places with a shortage of workers. 

600 new polling workers have been trained in the last month and many are younger.

Workers will wear face masks and shields. There will also be plexiglass in between workers and voters.

Face masks are also encouraged for voters.

In April, there were long lines because there were only five polling places open in Milwaukee. However, Tuesday there will be 168 polling places to avoid crowds. 

“What we found is that it’s better not to have a congested voting location. Instead, having as many as possible so that lines, we shouldn’t have any lines tomorrow but if we do they’ll be short. We also found that our election workers were more comfortable interacting with maybe several hundred voters in a day instead of several thousand like at a voting center,” Milwaukee Election Commission Executive Director Claire Woodall-Vogg said. 

Officials say the vast majority of polling places will be the same, but if you want to make sure of your location, click here



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