It is time to vote in Wisconsin.
Today is Election Day, and the polls are open from 7 a.m. til 8 p.m.
Voters will get to make their choice for president, congress, state and local races. There are also a few local tax hike measures on the ballot. Nearly two-thirds of voters have already cast their ballot. The Wisconsin Elections Commission yesterday said one-point-nine-million of the state’s three-million-plus registered voters either voted early or absentee.
But when will we know how the votes shake out?
It could be some time tomorrow before all of the votes in Wisconsin are counted. The Wisconsin Election Commission yesterday said people need to have patience with local election managers. Some communities will have their votes counted not long after the polls close at 8 o’clock tonight. Others, most notably Milwaukee, will need a few more hours to process and count their absentee ballots.
The expectation is that all of the votes will be counted by early tomorrow morning. The Wisconsin Election Commission has until December to certify the official vote count.
We got your back behind the curtain! Scroll below for safety tips, polling info and more…
CHECK OUT SOME SAFETY TIPS FOR VOTING:
1. Try to spend most of your wait outdoors. Check for polling places where the line is mostly outside, so you only go inside when you’re about to vote.
2. Vote at a less busy time of day. Most people vote before and after work, or on their lunch break. So midmorning and midafternoon might be better.
3. Choose your mask carefully. This might be the time to use that one N-95 mask you’ve been saving. Also, cloth masks with two or three layers are better than one. And make sure you cover your nose.
4. Follow social distancing rules. Try to stay at least six feet away from the people in line around you. Especially if they’re not wearing a mask.
5. Bring hand sanitizer. And after you vote, wash your hands as soon as possible.
6. Bring your own pen. Or something like a Q-Tip if it’s touch-screen. Just remember your pen HAS to have blue or black ink.
7. Don’t bring anyone who doesn’t need to be there. It’s not the year to bring your kids to stand in line with you. So if possible, leave them at home, or with a sitter.