Gov. Evers to utilize Wisconsin National Guard members to assist at election polls
Updated: 10:46 a.m. on April 1, 2020
MADISON, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Gov. Tony Evers plans to use the Wisconsin Army National Guard to assist in the April 7 election.
A brief from Gov. Evers on Wednesday, April 1 said he agreed to use personnel to assist as poll workers. However, they won't be able to fulfill the nearly 7,000 poll worker shortage throughout the state.
A brief from @GovEvers says the governor plans on using the Wisconsin National Guard to assist in the April 7 election, although they won't be able to fulfill the nearly 7,000 poll worker shortage throughout the state. pic.twitter.com/8WptTEVIUr— Victor Jacobo (@victorjacobo_) April 1, 2020
Published: 10:32 a.m. on March 31, 2020
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new report indicates more than 100 municipalities lack enough poll workers to offer any in-person voting on Election Day.
New this morning: @WI_Elections says in a memo that about 60% of municipalities say they have a shortage of poll workers. 111 jurisdictions say they cannot staff even one polling place. The state is facing a shortage of about 7,000 poll workers. The election is a week away.— Victor Jacobo (@victorjacobo_) March 31, 2020
The Wisconsin Elections Commission released documents Tuesday that include findings from a survey of local clerks preparing to run Wisconsin's spring election on April 7 in the face of the coronavirus.
The survey found 111 municipalities are short 671 poll workers, leaving them too-short handed to offer in-person voting at the polls. Another 126 municipalities are short 2,713 poll workers, leaving them unable to staff all their polling sites.
The municipalities are spread across the state.