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“I’ve Been Trying to Vote All Year”: Wisconsin’s Diseased Democracy

Red Madison

A first person account by Mia Noel, with questions from Dayna Long

DL: Can you share a little bit about yourself? How long have you lived in Milwaukee and what do you do for work?

MN: I moved to Milwaukee when I was five and aside from college and a short time in North Carolina, have lived here since, so about 30 years. I manage a health education program for youth that are 11-19 years old. Thankfully, I still have my job, so I am working full-time through this pandemic.

DL: Tell me about your experience trying to vote in this Spring election from start to finish. When did you first try to get a hold of a ballot and how long did you ultimately spend waiting at the polls to vote in person? Any other challenges when it came to voting this year?

MN: Spring Election like today, April…

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