Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
With August's primary election behind them, clerks in Wisconsin are now starting to look with apprehension toward the November presidential election, still in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
Though the number of voters in the August election didn't add up to a delay in vote totals or in-person lines extending around buildings, it raised concerns over the delay a large number of absentee ballots could cause in November's presidential election.
Diane Coenen, Oconomowoc's city clerk, said Tuesday's election was manageable for her staff, but only 3,492 people voted, and 2,368 of those were absentee ballots. She knows that number is only going to go up for November, and she's worried about what's going to happen when that landslide of absentee ballots have to be counted.
"Elections are designed for people to go to the polls, and that's how we've always facilitated elections, and how they're set up to run," she said. "Our workers are trained to process voters at the polls. The absentee process taking place between voters — that's where mistakes can happen."