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Today we highlight our preview of Tuesday’s Election Day, which will cap a presidential campaign season transformed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Many Wisconsinites have already cast their ballots, including those seeking to minimize their risk of exposure to the virus, Nora Eckert and Anya van Wagtendonk report. As of Monday morning, more than 91% of more than 2 million absentee ballots sent out had been returned, according to the Wisconsin Elections Commission.
Still some voters prefer to cast their ballots at polling places on Election Day, where they are encouraged but will not be required to wear masks, Eckert and van Wagtendonk report.
Additionally, “municipalities and community groups are enacting safety precautions, such as making hand sanitizer readily available at the polls,” the reporters write.
Election Day follows a weekend in which Wisconsin surpassed another grim pandemic milestone: 2,000 deaths linked to COVID-19. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has reported 78 new deaths since Friday, bringing the state’s pandemic total to 2,050.
Editor’s note: We will not produce a COVID-19 Update newsletter on Nov. 3, while we cover the election. Please visit wisconsinwatch.org to follow our live coverage, which will focus on election management and voting access.
Masks, poll watchers, pandemic: Wisconsin prepares for Election Day — Wisconsin Watch
Madison health director endures during COVID-19, despite ‘no off-switch’ — Wisconsin State Journal
October was Wisconsin’s worst month for COVID-19 yet — and its surge is one of the biggest ever in the U.S. — USA Today Network-Wisconsin
State veterans homes avoided COVID for months, but now the second surge of infections is hitting veterans — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Masks work. Really. We’ll show you how. — The New York Times
Food access trouble?
We know that when classes are virtual, many Wisconsin students and families lose access to food schools provide. And as the school year starts, some meal sites are closing. Share your experience with News414, Wisconsin Watch’s service journalism collaboration with Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service and Outlier Media. Click here for details.
You can also view a list of Milwaukee-area food distribution sites for students here.
Data to note
WisContext offers these visualizations of Wisconsin’s startling trends in COVID-19 infections and deaths.
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Here’s one last chance to pitch in on our campaign to alleviate hunger across Wisconsin — Appleton Post-Crescent