Guns at the polls: What you can expect in Wisconsin and what you can do

Guns at the polls: What you can expect in Wisconsin and what you can do

Armed men near the State Capitol protest against Gov. Tony Evers’ stay-at-home order in April. With reports already surfacing of armed supporters of President Donald Trump appearing at early voting sites around the country, Wisconsin law enforcement officials are preparing for the potential for militia members and others showing up armed at polling places. A report released last Wednesday by the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project, a political violence mapping initiative, and MilitaWatch listed five states — Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Oregon — as having the highest risk of elections-related militia activity. Wisconsin was included for factors that include the killing on Aug. 23 of two protesters in Kenosha by armed vigilante Kyle Rittenhouse, the friendly relationship between armed groups and Kenosha officers on display during protests that night, and backlash from state militias to the state’s coronavirus restrictions. Other states have proactive measures in place. The Michigan secretary of state, who oversees elections, has banned guns at polling places, and according to the Coalition to Stop Gun violence, 11 states have bans written into state law. Wisconsin is not one of them. So far, the first week of early voting in Wisconsin appears to have been incident-free, and officials are hoping the situation will stay that way. But they’re preparing for potential problems. How much should voters worry about the presence of armed vigilantes at the polls? “I’m confident that people in Wisconsin are going to be able to vote safely and without people having […]

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