An elections official waits as voters fill out their ballots at the polling place in gymnasium of the Police Safety Academy in Milwaukee on August 11, 2020. Credit: Will Cioci / Wisconsin Watch
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A national debate that largely began during Wisconsin’s April 7 presidential primary is still raging: Is in-person voting safe? On Friday, NPR reported on the latest study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, which examined Wisconsin’s experience with in-person voting during the pandemic. Their conclusion: “There is no evidence to date that there was a surge of infections attributable to the April 7, 2020 election in Wisconsin, which has a low level of (COVID-19) transmission relative to the United States.” The researchers say their conclusions that in-person voting is a “low risk” activity do not contradict the findings by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services that 71 people who contracted the virus also had worked at the polls or voted in person on April 7. DHS has consistently stated that many of those people had other potential exposures in addition to being at the polls.

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An elections official waits as voters fill out their ballots at the polling place in gymnasium of the Police Safety Academy in Milwaukee on August 11, 2020. Credit: Will Cioci / Wisconsin Watch

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Quotable

“You wear a mask so you can be a college student again. It’s a choice a lot of people are fine with.”

Saad Ahsan, Beloit College student government co-president, commenting in a Beloit Daily News story about how the college is including students in its pandemic reopening planning.

Data to note

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Drive-in DNC watch party organized in Milwaukee in lieu of in-person eventWisconsin State Journal

Beloit College students spread word on safety guidelinesBeloit Daily News

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