Democratic legislators are asking for passage of bill that would allow for the 2020 presidential election and others this year to be fully by mailed-in ballot, in the wake of the 2020 presidential primary and local general election turning controversial in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
“What we witnessed on April 7th at polling places across Wisconsin was a tragedy, and worse, an avoidable tragedy. Forcing people to make the impossible choice between risking their health and exercising their right to vote is one of the most cynical things I’ve seen during my time in public service,” Oshkosh Democratic Representative Gordon Hintz told TMJ4 News.
“During this public health crisis, it is important that we preserve and protect the fundamentals of our democracy. We need to act urgently to maximize voter accessibility. Moving to a Vote by Mail system will protect our democracy and keep Wisconsinites safe.”
Kaukauna Republican Representative Jim Steineke, the Assembly minority leader, said that the numerous issues which many municipalities had with absentee ballots are a “cautionary tale.”
“They’d better talk to their representatives on the Democratic side of the legislature and make sure they don’t go to all mail-in ballots like they want to,” he told WTMJ’s Steve Scaffidi.