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'Risk my life to vote:' Wisconsinites head to the polls despite health concerns over COVID-19

NOW: ’Risk my life to vote:’ Wisconsinites head to the polls despite health concerns over COVID-19

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Voters across Wisconsin headed to the polls on Tuesday, March 7.

Despite health concerns, many voters said they felt they needed to do their civic duty. At Milwaukee's Riverside High School, people lined up before the polls opened at 7 a.m.

“I’m really concerned of the people that are elderly, that may be handicapped, people that are used to voting in a typical way and this is new," Voter Kalan Haywood said. "So not only do you have a new system, you have a new system during a pandemic."

Throughout the day, lines stretched around the school filled with people standing several feet apart and wearing masks.

“I don’t think people should be voting today, people are dying," Voter Willie Johnson said.

Some people came prepared to spend hours in line.

"I have food, I have water, I have a lawnchair, I have a mask," RoseMary Oliveira said. "I have to come down here today and risk my life to vote and I'm happy to do it because that is my right... I'm here, they're not going to stop me from voting."

For those who couldn't do inside, drive-thru voting was offered. 

“I started to get out of my car and they said, 'no you can just vote right here', all the handicap people are allowed to do that," Philip Roades said. "I’m very impressed with the way that the city people came together and that the National Guard people being brought in have given us a sense of, well things aren’t going to get out of hand."

Several voters tell CBS 58 inside the polling place workers had people standing a distance from each other and were disinfecting the voting stations.

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JonN 49 days ago
And let's not forget about the single parents that had to take their children out with them if they wanted to exercise their right to vote. Shame on the courts!
Jill 49 days ago
Risk your life to vote...NOT ME!
bill48 49 days ago
Do we have any pictures of Fitzgerald or Vos voting at their own home precincts?

My guess is they voted absentee and then fought to keep others from doing the same.

Ruth bill48 49 days ago
How did they fight to stop people from voting absentee?
Kevin 49 days ago
Real Heroes !!! Now its time to vote out those who tried to keep turnout low by risking our lives and NOT postponing this election.
Ruth Kevin 49 days ago
Real heroes died for our right to vote. Shame on you for equating the two!
Kevin Ruth 49 days ago
people who are risking their lives to cast a vote are Heroes plain and simple -- u choose to compare them I choose to honor both!! Get over it
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