Fiserv Forum serving as early voting site for Milwaukee residents for fall general election

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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- City officials and the head of Fiserv Forum and the Milwaukee Bucks are hoping to increase voting accessibility during this fall's general election by making Fiserv Forum an early voting site.

The announcement was made by Fiserv Forum and the Bucks on Tuesday, Sept. 27 that the downtown arena will be utilized on select dates from Oct. 25 through Nov. 5 for voters living in Milwaukee to cast their ballots early, in person, ahead of the Nov. 8 general election.

In the press release, Bucks and Fiserv Forum President Peter Feigin noted, "Every voter should be ensured with a safe and convenient way to exercise their right to vote." He added, " .. Fiserv Forum is an ideal early voting location where everyone's voice can be heard in a responsible way. We encourage every eligible voter to cast their ballot."

The schedule for early voting at Fiserv is as follows:

Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 27 at 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 29 at 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 3 at 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 4 at 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 5 at 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson hopes that efforts like this will inspire more eligible voters living in Milwaukee to cast a ballot this year.

"I want every eligible person in Milwaukee to vote in the upcoming election," Mayor Johnson said. "I want Milwaukee's voice to be heard at the ballot box. I want voter participation because that strengthens our democracy in Milwaukee, in Wisconsin, and all across the United States."

Claire Woodall-Vogg is the executive director of the Milwaukee Election Commission. She says it's important for businesses and organizations like the Milwaukee Bucks to encourage people to perform their civic duty.

"It's important for anyone who has a position of leadership and a position of influence to promote civic engagement and voter engagement," Woodall-Vogg said. "The Bucks aren't telling anyone who to vote for. They're using their platform to encourage citizens to pay attention, get involved, and vote for what's in their best interest."

Woodall-Vogg says there are no concerns over election security or legal challenges regarding the early voting set to take place at Fiserv Forum.

"We've been working behind the scenes for the past year and a half on election security," Woodall-Vogg said. "We feel fully prepared going into this midterm election that the city will have secure, uninterrupted voting for the next six weeks because absentee ballots are already out there in the mail."

Voters planning to utilize the Fiserv early voting location should note that the Johnson Controls entrance at the corner of 6th and Juneau Avenue must be used. More details about parking and accessibility to those in need of accommodation can be found by visiting the city's early voting webpage.

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