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Milwaukee County Election Official Says 'Be Patient' When It Comes To Counting Absentee Ballots

As of Tuesday, about 235,000 people had returned absentee ballots in Milwaukee County, either by voting early at the polls, mailing them in or dropping them off. That’s about four times the number returned at this time in the 2016 presidential race.

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Election officials in many states say it is now too late for voters to return absentee ballots by mail and are encouraging them to instead deliver their ballots by hand or vote in person.

State rules differ about how late ballots can be received and still count. Absentee ballots must be received on Election Day in more than two dozen states, including a handful of key swing states like Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Michigan and Wisconsin.

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Coronavirus cases that hit record highs this week in Wisconsin continued to soar on Wednesday. And a Republican legislative leader said he was open to approving more aid to combat the virus in the face of a new poll that shows sinking approval ratings for lawmakers less than a week before Election Day.

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Every year more than 3 million women in the U.S. are abused by their intimate partners and more than 1,200 are killed by their abusers.

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WUWM is partnering with the Milwaukee Journal SentinelMilwaukee PBS and the Milwaukee Public Library on an initiative we call Listen MKE. Its goal: help Milwaukee’s north side residents get the information they want and need. More specifically, we want to better understand what's most important to people who live in these Milwaukee neighborhoods and help fill information gaps.

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The Marquette Law School Poll released Wednesday shows Joe Biden with a 5-point lead over President Donald Trump among likely voters, 48% to 43%. Since May, Biden has held a 5-point lead over Trump, plus or minus 1 point, in the poll.

The survey was conducted Oct. 21 through Sunday of 749 likely voters. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

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Milwaukee aldermen are in the process of sorting out the city’s budget for next year, divvying up dollars leaders say are increasingly scarce. Among public concerns, an increasing number of people want more funding to go to the city’s health department, specifically to serve children impacted by lead poisoning.

READ: Mayor Tom Barrett's Budget Proposal Cuts 120 Milwaukee Police Officers

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Wauwatosa Mayor Dennis McBride says he stands by his decisions to implement a curfew and request the National Guard in the days following the Milwaukee County district attorney's decision not to charge a Wauwatosa police officer who fatally shot a black teenager.

Officer Joseph Mensah fatally shot Alvin Cole at Mayfair Mall in February. Mensah maintains that Cole had a gun and fired at officers. 

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As the number of fall leaves begin to dwindle on trees, they’ve found a new home on our lawns. But before you go and rake them into the street, there might be a better way to put those leaves to use.

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President Donald Trump contends a "great red wave" of Republican voters will help him carry Wisconsin in the Nov. 3 election. Trump spoke Tuesday evening at a rally in West Salem, near La Crosse.

Public opinion polls show Trump trailing Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in Wisconsin by between 5 and 9 percentage points. But Trump says he has help on the way — if his supporters get out and vote.

"Gotta get out, this is the thing. Just remember, the great red wave,” he told the crowd.

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The about 70,000 students enrolled in Milwaukee Public Schools will continue with virtual learning for the foreseeable future.

>>School Year Starts Virtually For All MPS Students

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Wisconsin 2020 Election: Key Deadlines For Voter Registration, Voting Absentee And In Person

Updated Oct. 21 at 10:16 a.m. CT What's the deadline to request an absentee ballot? How do you get a mail-in ballot in Wisconsin? WUWM 89.7 FM - Milwaukee's NPR put together a Wisconsin voter's guide to help you make sure your vote counts in the 2020 presidential election.

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