A bipartisan coalition of high-level Wisconsin politicians has launched an initiative to educate voters about in-person and mail-in voting during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The initiative, VoteSafe WI, supports both in-person voting and absentee voting by mail for the August partisan primary and November general election. Voting by mail has been recently criticized by some Republicans, including President Donald Trump.
Wisconsin saw a record number of voters cast mail-in absentee ballots in its April election. About 62 percent of all ballots were cast by mail.
Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul and former Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen are leading the group.
Van Hollen, who served as Wisconsin’s attorney general from 2007-2015, often focused on efforts to prevent voter fraud while in office.
Speaking on a call with reporters Tuesday morning, Van Hollen said there has been a lot of “confusion” about voting by mail in recent years, but he believes the public should have confidence in the system.
“In Wisconsin, we have an extremely secure system,” he said.
Van Hollen said a major part of the initiative’s aim is to educate voters about how to vote by mail.
“We need to make sure people understand that, and many people don’t,” he said.
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