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Today we highlight our latest investigation. APM Reports journalists Tom Scheck and Geoff Hing joined Wisconsin Watch Managing Editor Dee J. Hall in examining why more than 23,000 Wisconsin absentee ballots did not count in the April election. Hundreds of thousands more voters than normal chose mail-in voting because of the pandemic.
The top reason for rejection: voter error. Many voters, unfamiliar with absentee balloting, failed to include required information, such as the address and signature of the person witnessing the ballot. Wisconsin elections officials expect the sharp shift toward absentee balloting will return in November as the threat from COVID-19 continues. But voters in Wisconsin and other states without a history of widespread absentee balloting could see a substantial number of their ballots rejected.
How Wisconsin’s 23,000 rejected absentee ballots could spell trouble for the November election — Wisconsin Watch/APM Reports
Public Service Commission extends moratorium on utility shut-offs — Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service
Gov. Tony Evers announces $46.6 million in federal aid for eligible Wisconsin schools — Wisconsin State Journal
‘This study resonates with us’: Many Milwaukee homes lack separate bathrooms and bedrooms needed for COVID isolation — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Oneida Nation to require face coverings on reservation starting Monday — Green Bay Press-Gazette
COVID-19: Sauk County Board declares it can’t mandate wearing of masks — Baraboo News-Republic
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Data to note
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services on Thursday reported 1,052 new cases of COVID-19, with 6.9% of tests returning positive. The department reported 13 new deaths in a pandemic that has reportedly killed 878.
Here are the latest visualizations of COVID-19 cases and deaths from our partners at WisContext.
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