The Brewers and Bucks may be playing, but the story today is not their games tonight but what will happen at their stadiums this fall.
Mayor Tom Barrett, Bucks senior VP Alex Lasry, Common Council President Cavalier Johnson and other city leaders announced today that both Fiserv Forum and Miller Park will be utilized this fall as early voting sites for the presidential election on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Fiserv Forum will be available for safely distanced early in-person voting starting Oct. 20 through Nov. 1, while Miller Park will open as an early voting drive-thru.
Watch the full announcement from Monday afternoon here:
The announcement comes after the Bucks began a sports-wide strike last Wednesday, refusing to take the court for Game 5 against the Orlando Magic, with the intention of stirring political action for voter accessibility, police accountability and reform, and social justice causes.
"We are excited that Fiserv Forum will be designated an early vote site," said Milwaukee Bucks Senior Vice President Alex Lasry, in a release. "The pandemic has added another barrier to voting for vulnerable communities, so this will help us make sure that everyone in Milwaukee has a safe and convenient way to exercise their right to vote. By converting Fiserv Forum into a voting location, we can make sure everyone’s voice can be heard in a safe and responsible way."
"Every eligible voter in this country has the right to vote and has the right to vote safely," said Milwaukee Election Commission Executive Director Claire Woodall-Vogg. "While voting by mail is without a doubt the safest option, it’s not the best option for every voter. We had a 3% rejection rate in April due to things like ballots not being returned on time, or not having the right signatures. Being able to cast your absentee ballot ahead of Election Day, but with my staff, ensures that your vote counts and that we don’t have a 3% rejection rate on November 3."
The Fiserv Forum polling location will be open to City of Milwaukee residents from Oct. 20 through Nov. 1, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, as well as 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Miller Park has yet to announce the official plans and hours for its drive-thru voting site.
Stay tuned to OnMilwaukee for more updates – and be sure to check your voter registration and other election information at My Vote Wisconsin.
As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.
When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.