PHOTOS: Madison goes to the polls during pandemic

By: - April 7, 2020 1:30 pm
Madison voting

The Wisconsin Capitol on spring election day, April 7, 2020. (Henry Redman | Wisconsin Examiner)

Around Wisconsin, voters headed to the polls Tuesday despite concerns over the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

After days of uncertainty, a Wisconsin Supreme Court decision Monday afternoon meant there would be in-person voting in this year’s spring election. On the ballot is the presidential primary, a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court and local offices around the state.

Poll workers run a curbside voting station at Leopold Elementary School in Madison.

Workers at polling locations around the city said the process was going smoothly, with people following the directions provided to maintain social distancing in attempt to avoid the spread of the virus.

Poll workers at locations around the city directed voters to the right place. At Madison’s Central Library, voters needed to be directed to different floors, depending on what ward they were from.

Health Alerts at polling places cautioned against going to vote if a person was experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.

Many locations gave voters the option between going inside the building or voting curbside from their cars.

Some voters continued yearly traditions, even as most normal parts of election day were gone. These neighbors were both in their front lawns encouraging drivers to vote.

Neighbors Brigitte Buchmeier, left, and Karen Banaszak, right were outside their homes on E Washington Avenue encouraging people to vote, from six feet away and on opposite side of the political aisle.






But it wasn’t all smooth sailing. At some downtown polling locations, a vehicular parade of protesters circled the block honking their horns — displaying signs that asked for state officials to halt the election.

Protesters circled the block near the Madison Municipal Building honking horns to show their displeasure with the election being held.

Poll workers, who had been in short supply in the days leading up to the election, were on hand to assist with absentee ballot drop offs, curbside voting and directions. Across the city, most poll workers wore masks — as did many voters.

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Henry Redman
Henry Redman

Henry Redman is a staff reporter for the Wisconsin Examiner who focuses on covering Wisconsin's towns and rural areas. He previously covered crime and courts at the Daily Jefferson County Union. A lifelong Midwesterner, he was born in Cleveland, Ohio and graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a degree in journalism in May 2019.