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No Voting Deputies to Help Nursing Homes in November Election

The Wisconsin Elections Commission’s top administrator said that special voting deputies will most likely not be able to enter nursing homes to help residents cast absentee ballots in November due to COVID-19. State law allows local clerks to appoint deputies to enter nursing homes and help residents fill out absentee ballots, but since the elderly appear to be the most susceptible to severe illness from COVID-19, the elections commission banned deputies from entering facilities for the state’s April presidential primary. Commission Administrator Meagan Wolfe wrote in a memo last week warning against allowing deputies back in for the November election. Commission staff have worked to bolster training for nursing home workers so they can help residents fill out their ballots, Wolfe wrote.

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