Racine gets $942,000 grant for Safe Voting|Local News I Racine County Eye – Racine, Wisconsin – Racine County Eye

6July 2020

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void. #SupportLocalNews by contributing today. RACINE– The City of Racine and four other Wisconsin cities will share in $6.3 million in nonprofit grants to money the “Wisconsin Safe Voting Plan.”

The grants, awarded Monday by the nonpartisan Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL), will assist each town administer staying elections this year in the middle of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The not-for-profit receives funding from Google, Facebook, the Center for Civic Design, Centers for Democracy Network, Women Donor Network, the Voting Information Project, Rock the Vote, Rockefeller Brothers Fund,

Knight Foundation, and Democracy Fund. The cities of Racine, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Madison, and Green Bay made an application for the Safe Voting grant funds to support elections operations. The grant program will help towns get ready for and operate safe elections by buying priorities that would otherwise be extremely tough to achieve. This consists of safely opening an adequate number of voting sites, setting up drive-through and dropbox areas, offering PPE for poll employees, and recruiting and training an enough variety of poll employees.

All five cities– Wisconsin's largest population towns– knowledgeable logistical difficulties connected to the COVD-19 break out in holding the state's spring election in April. In some areas, particularly in Milwaukee and Green Bay, a decrease in ballot locations led to very long voting lines.

“The deadly COVID-19 pandemic has activated an international public health crisis, and seriously impaired the ability of city governments to administer safe and smooth elections,” Racine Mayor Cory Mason said in a news release. “These grants will assist each town make investments that will ensure smooth, safe, and healthy elections in a time of a nationwide health pandemic– which each town otherwise would struggle to do while facing an intense budget plan deficiency.”

The grants are allocated according to the city population. Racine's share of the grants is $942,100. The shares for the other municipalities are:

  • Milwaukee: $2,154,500
  • Madison: $1,271,788
  • Green Bay: $1,093,400
  • Kenosha: $862,779

Each of the cities will utilize the cash to support early in-person ballot and vote-by-mail. This consists of broadening the variety of early ballot websites (consisting of curbside ballot), offering assistance to help voters comply with absentee tally requests, utilize protected drop-boxes for absentee tallies and release extra personnel and/or innovation enhancements for absentee tally processing.

The funding will also be utilized for poll employee recruitment, training and safety, broadened drive-through voting on election day (consisting of signs, tents and safety measures), PPE and personal disinfectant for election workers, and voter education and outreach. This year's remaining elections are August 11 partisan primary) and November 3 (basic).

According to a statement, the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL) is a nonpartisan 501(c)( 3) not-for-profit organization of civic technologists, trainers, researchers, election administration, and data professionals working to assist improve U.S. elections. CTCL connects election officials with assistance, know-how, tools, and training to best serve their neighborhoods, and guarantee that the elections are more expert, safe, and secure.

To learn more, go to The Center for


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