Governor Tony Evers said on Tuesday that about 400 members of the National Guard will be deployed in Wisconsin to compensate for the state’s shortage of polls in the presidential election on Tuesday.
Evers, a Democrat, compared the guard’s mission to the role of its personnel in assisting the state in responding to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Associated Press said: “The Wisconsin National Guard has played a key role in our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and this mission is no different.” Wisconsin is facing an emergency crisis with more than 200,000 positive cases throughout the state. On COVID-19, the guards will need help to ensure that election day runs smoothly and that voters and election officials can get the help they need. “
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Evers hinted that Guard might be deployed earlier this month.
The Associated Press reported that the number of these 400 guard members will be less than the number deployed in Wisconsin’s presidential primaries in April and the primary elections in August. The report said that in these elections, 2,400 and 700 guards were deployed.
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Meagan Wolfe, chairman of the Wisconsin State Election Commission, told the Associated Press that the state currently expects to be short of 200 of the 30,000 or so polls needed to vote on Tuesday.
Wolf said that the guards deployed in the state will serve the local community and will not wear uniforms.
A few days before the vote on Tuesday, Wisconsin remained a key battleground state, with 10 electoral votes at risk. Milwaukee’s “Fox 6” reported that President Trump was scheduled to appear in Green Bay on Friday, while Democrat Joe Biden will visit Milwaukee.
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According to the report, the two cities in Wisconsin are among the top ten in the United States in terms of the number of presidential campaign advertisements on local television.
The Milwaukee Daily reported that Thursday is the last day for Wisconsin residents to request the mailing of absentee ballots, and Friday is the last day for residents to register to vote at the local municipal clerk office.
The report said Sunday will be the last day when local clerks in the state can participate in absentee voting in person.
The Associated Press contributed to this matter.