Local leaders sign on to letter calling for additional help with voting precautions

ONALASKA, Wis. (WKBT)– Nearly 300 leaders from communities across Wisconsin are calling for additional help with absentee voting. The leaders signed on to a letter from the League of Municipalities sent to Governor Tony Evers, Speaker Robin Vos and Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald.

The group is asking for a number of measures to minimize the health risk of having people congregate at polling places during the pandemic.

“The League, Wisconsin Towns Association and Wisconsin Counties Associations have all communicated a variety of these recommended tools to the Governor and various legislators and state agencies. The response to date has been inadequate,” said Jerry Deschane, executive director for the League of Municipalities in an email to the state leaders.

The group is not asking for a delay in the spring election. It can be read in full here: Election letter to Gov & Legs.

Leaders from some area cities like Black River Falls, Westby and Onalaska have signed on to the letter. The list of leaders can be found here, though the organization said it currently includes 221 local leaders because not all names have been added. There is an additional list of at least 65 local leaders whose names are being inputted.