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New bipartisan group advocates for safe, secure elections

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Former and current lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are joining forces to advocate for safe and secure elections for Wisconsinites as COVID-19 cases continue to surge.

VoteSafe Wisconsin launched its campaign Tuesday to raise awareness about voters' options such as vote by mail and early voting for the August and November election.

The announcement was made by Wisconsin’s current and former Attorneys General, Josh Kaul and J.B. Van Hollen, co-chairs of the bipartisan VoteSafe Wisconsin coalition.

"We must not let the pandemic stand in the way of fair elections," said Kaul. "Every eligible Wisconsin voter who wants to cast a ballot should be able to do so--safely."

VoteSafe is part of a national network focused on secure absentee ballots and safe polling sites, but also pursuing those goals in a way that makes sense within each state, according to a press release.

"VoteSafe Wisconsin will fight to ensure that this fall as we continue to live through COVID-19, voters have safe and secure choices that we can all agree upon," said Van Hollen.

The coalition did not reveal plans on how they would ensure safe and secure elections instead calling it a "work in progress."

The VoteSafe Wisconsin coalition includes:

● Attorney General Josh Kaul (Democratic co-chair)

● Former Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen (Republican co-chair)

● Former Gov. Scott McCallum (R)

● Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D)

● Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley (D)

● Former Congressman Tom Petri (R)

● Former Congressman Reid Ribble (R)

● State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski (D)

Emilee Fannon

Capital Bureau Chief

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