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RACINE – The City of Racine and four other Wisconsin cities will share in $6.3 million in nonprofit grants to fund the “Wisconsin Safe Voting Plan.” 

The grants, awarded Monday by the nonpartisan Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL), will help each municipality administer remaining elections this year amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The nonprofit 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 applied for the Safe Voting grant funds to support elections operations. The grant program will help municipalities prepare for and operate safe elections by investing in priorities that would otherwise be very challenging to accomplish. This includes securely opening an adequate number of voting sites, setting up drive-through and dropbox locations, providing PPE for poll workers, and recruiting and training a sufficient number of poll workers. 

All five cities – Wisconsin’s largest population municipalities – experienced logistical challenges related to the COVD-19 outbreak in holding the state’s spring election in April. In some locations, particularly in Milwaukee and Green Bay, a reduction in polling places resulted in extremely long voting lines.

“The deadly COVID-19 pandemic has triggered a global public health crisis, and seriously impaired the ability of local governments to administer safe and smooth elections,” Racine Mayor Cory Mason said in a news release. “These grants will help each municipality make investments that will ensure smooth, safe, and healthy elections in a time of a national health pandemic — which each municipality otherwise would struggle to do while facing an intense budget shortfall.”

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 use the money to support early in-person voting and vote-by-mail. This includes expanding the number of early voting sites (including curbside voting), providing assistance to help voters comply with absentee ballot requests, utilize secure drop-boxes for absentee ballots and deploy additional staff and/or technology improvements for absentee ballot processing.

The funding will also be used for poll worker recruitment, training and safety, expanded drive-through voting on election day (including signage, 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 (general).

According to a statement, the Center for Tech and Civic Life (CTCL) is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of civic technologists, trainers, researchers, election administration, and data experts working to help modernize U.S. elections. CTCL connects election officials with guidance, expertise, tools, and training to best serve their communities, and ensure that the elections are more professional, safe, and secure.

To learn more, visit The Center for Tech and Civic Life.


State Warns of Possible FoodShare Scams

RACINE COUNTY – The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) warns FoodShare members to be aware of fraudulent surveys offering cash and additional benefits. The DHS does not give any member additional FoodShare benefits or cash rewards for doing something like completing a survey. FoodShare benefit amounts will only change when there is new information […]

Free Face Masks Coming Soon to City of Racine Fire Stations

CITY OF RACINE –  Free face masks will be available to the public at all Racine Fire Department (RFD) stations starting next Monday (Sept. 20). The city’s facial covering ordinance is back in effect to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Everyone above the age of 4 is expected to wear masks while they are […]

How To Create a Successful Trucking Company

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COVID-19 Tests Resume At Festival Hall

RACINE – In response to recent upticks in positive COVID-19 cases, regular free testing for the virus resumes Thursday from 12-6 p.m. at Festival Hall, 5 Fifth St. The tests, conducted by members of the Wisconsin National Guard, will be offered on Mondays and Thursdays each week through Dec. 13. The testing is open to […]

Gilliam Named to Upper Iowa University’s Summer 2021 Dean’s List

FAYETTE, IA (09/15/2021)– Upper Iowa University is pleased to announce the Dean’s List for the Summer 2021 session. To be honored, the undergraduate must have earned a minimum 3.50 GPA and be enrolled as a full-time student. Among those named to the Dean’s List was Nicole Gilliam, a Psychology major from Racine, WI. About Upper […]

UPDATE: Police arrest homicide suspect in Rebecca Rannow murder

UPDATE: Officials with the Racine Police Department arrested a man in the murder of Rebecca Rannow, who was found dead in her home in August. Montreal D. Greer, 40, of Racine, faces a first-degree intentional homicide charge. The Racine County District Attorney’s Office has not officially charged Greer. He has been in custody at the […]

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