Throughout the city, residents sought to help one another stay safe and upbeat. One house opposite Riverside High School blared a playlist of James Brown, Bill Withers and other soul artists to keep the waiting voters energized. State Representative David Bowen, a Democrat in Milwaukee who contracted coronavirus but has recovered, picked up absentee ballots from sick residents and delivered them to the post office. (Breana Stephens, a) – year-old teacher, traveled to the school on her own to pass out Clorox wipes, fresh pens and gloves for those in need.
“Everybody is really on edge, and you can sense that,” said Ms. Stephens, who voted with an absentee ballot more than a month ago. “People are worried and anxious and not in the best of spirits. As a person with some free time, I wanted to do what I can. ”
The The voting process could also highlight the urban-rural divide in Wisconsin, as residents of non-Milwaukee areas reported fewer interruptions in the early hours of Election Day. In communities like Beloit and Brookfield, more drive-through voting options were available, and the elimination of some polling places was likely to have less of an effect.