Superior City Council Backs SafeVote Program
Not only is 2020 the year that we got hit with a global pandemic to deal with, it's also a very-busy election year especially in Wisconsin - where not only have voters had a primary and general election to take part in, but also a variety of special and local elections. In order to help make the process easier - and safer, election officials have been busy working behind the scenes to provide outreach to would-be voters through a variety of measures.
One of those measures just received backing from the City of Superior's City Council. They've added their voice and support to the proposal to create a SafeVote Program in the city. According to news sources, the "goal of the program is to offer voters information on how they can cast their ballot safely for upcoming elections". As it stands, the resolution from the council doesn't have any specific action points attached to it, but rather offers support for the effort.
Wisconsin has always offered easy-access to absentee voting:
With the May 12 special election next week, more than 100,000 absentee ballots had been requested throughout the 7th Congressional District as of May 6, the most recent numbers available, according to the Wisconsin Elections Commission. Douglas County voters have requested nearly as many absentee ballots for the May 12 election as were cast April 7, WEC data showed.
While the resolition from teh council passed, there was discussion and some dissent as well. Most of that discussion centered around the fact that absentee ballots are nothing new and that they have been readily available to registered voters who want one. Cost issues (tied to mailing general absentee voting information out) were also highlighted.
Local voters in Superior will next head to the polls on Tuesday, May 12.