The Wisconsin National Guard will play the part of poll workers to help with next week’s primary election in Wisconsin, playing a similar role as they did for the April election where more than 2,400 guard members assisted.
“The Wisconsin National Guard has played a critical role in our response to the COVID-19 pandemic and this mission is no different,” said Governor Tony Evers in a statement. “Time and time again the Guard has stepped up to help their neighbors, friends, and communities, as they will be doing on election day by helping to ensure that every Wisconsinite can vote safely without fear for their health.”
The Wisconsin Elections Commission is advising the Guard on how many troops will be needed to assist at polling places. They will begin two days of training on Sunday, and will staff polls as necessary on Tuesday.
The state says that no Guard troops who currently are assisting in COVID-19 response will be moved to poll sites.