Marshfield voting numbers down; Voting totals not official until April 13
By Hub City Times staff
MARSHFIELD – Voting numbers were down in the city of Marshfield on April 7.
City Clerk Deb Hall said the city was experiencing a much bigger in-person turnout than she anticipated, but it’s still not your typical spring election.
The city put up plexiglass dividers held by wooden frames between poll workers and voters, and also had hand sanitizer available, along with individual pens for each voter. Hall said those voting were taking the changes in stride.
With his mask on, Todd Zieglmeier was voting at the 2nd Street Community Center, although he wished in-person voting had been postponed until June 9.
State Representative John Spiros was volunteering as a poll worker. The Marshfield Republican was replacing one of many regular poll workers who stayed home because of concerns over the coronavirus.
Marshfield is one of many municipalities using members of the Wisconsin National Guard to substitute for regular poll workers who decided to sit this election out because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
On April 6, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that absentee ballots postmarked by April 7, but not received by April 13, will be counted; state law requires that ballots be received by the election day at 8 p.m.
With the U.S. Supreme Court ruling, election totals will not be official until all absentee ballots are received, or April 13.