Voting deputies cleared to return to Wisconsin nursing homes

Published: Mar. 2, 2021 at 4:21 PM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin election officials have cleared the way for special voting deputies to return to nursing homes ahead of the April 6 elections.

Wisconsin law allows municipal clerks to send deputies into nursing homes to help residents complete absentee ballots. The state Elections Commission banned deputies from entering the homes in March 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold. Republican legislators last month challenged the commission to promulgate the ban as an emergency rule.

The commission voted unanimously Tuesday to direct clerks to contact nursing homes by March 12 to see if the facilities will allow deputies inside.

The commission also voted unanimously to start drawing up an emergency rule reflecting the new policy.

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