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Current and former attorneys general launch voting safety initiative

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(WQOW) - After Wisconsin's mid-pandemic primary election was met with criticism in April, residents may be left to wonder: what's next?

The state's current and former attorneys general are taking steps to answer just that.

Attorney General Josh Kaul and former Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced the launch of a bipartisan COVID-19 push -- called the "VoteSafe" initiative.

It aims to ensure that all states have accessible, secure mail-in ballots and safe, in-person voting sites.

Supporters of this goal believe Congress should ensure that all states have the resources necessary to protect their voters and elections.

The push is still in its earliest stages. The first step is to reach out to the community and determine what can be done to help make local elections as safe as possible.

"What we want to talk about is the importance of some of those fundamental principles; making sure that people who are eligible to vote and want to cast a ballot are able to do so, making sure they can do that safely and talking about the need to have federal support for that, if possible," Kaul said.

Both Kaul, a Democrat, and Van Hollen, a Republican, stressed that voting safely and securely during a pandemic is not a partisan issue, it's something that would benefit all Americans.

Tap or click here for more information on the VoteSafe initiative.

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Madeline Fuerstenberg

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