Join journalists and partisan political insiders in watching early voters’ ballots get counted as we wait for news to happen this Election Day. Central Count in Milwaukee is where all of the city’s absentee ballots are counted. Things got underway as the polls opened at 7 a.m. with a first shift of 400 workers and two more shifts to follow. No totals will be released until every last absentee ballot is tabulated tonight.
Speaking with reporters on Sunday, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett lamented that Wisconsin is one of just a handful of states that does not allow absentee ballots to be counted in advance.
In the interest of full transparency, Central Count activities will be broadcast live Nov. 3 on @MKE_TV‘s YouTube pages until close. Watch different camera views on the two links below:
— Mayor Tom Barrett (@MayorOfMKE) November 2, 2020
In Wisconsin, Milwaukee is one of a number of municipalities that use a central count facility, according to the Wisconsin Elections Commission. “The governing body of any municipality may provide by ordinance that, instead of processing absentee ballots at the polling place, absentee ballots be processed and canvassed at an alternate site,” according to its website.
Workers were provided with thermometers, face shields, masks and snacks in Milwaukee where roughly 165,000 ballots will be processed.