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Wisconsin National Guard soldiers to staff special election polls Tuesday

SUPERIOR, WI -- About 250 Wisconsin National Guard service members will work at open polling locations during Tuesday's special election for the state's 7th Congressional District seat.

While all 7th District residents are encouraged to vote absentee, the Wisconsin Elections Commission requested the Guard's help to staff certain polling locations open to in-person voters from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on May 12.

Brig. Gen. Robyn Blader said the service members will be trained and sent to polling places in the communities where they live.

“They will greet and check-in voters, monitor voting equipment, assist with keeping social distance and help sanitize," Blader said. "Like other volunteer workers, they do not certify the results."

Voters will decide between democrat Tricia Zunker and republican State Senator Tom Tiffany to fill the seat left vacant by former Congressman Sean Duffy. Duffy resigned in 2019 for family reasons.

Click here to view the absentee voting deadlines for the May 12 special election.

It's unclear when the special election results will be released. Results for Wisconsin's April 7 presidential primary were not made public for several days after the election for absentee ballot counting reasons.

The Wisconsin National Guard also served as poll workers during the state's presidential primary.

Dozens of confirmed COVID-19 cases have since been traced back to polling locations on that day.

Briggs LeSavage

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