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Young People Are Expected To Be Influential In Wisconsin's Election

On the first day of in-person early voting in Milwaukee this week, UWM roommates Juan Escutia and Max Markowitz stood in an about 20-person line on campus to cast their ballots. Both are 18, so this was their first time voting for president.

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Meghan Duggan is inarguably one of the best hockey players in the world. The former Wisconsin Badger was the captain of the Olympic champion team in 2018. During her career she’s earned one gold and two silvers at the Olympics and as a member of the U.S. women’s national hockey team, she’s won 7 world championship titles. 

Last week, she announced her retirement from playing hockey, but that doesn’t mean she’s stopped working to better the sport – especially when it comes to gender equity. 

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Now that we’re driving less, doing something like purchasing a muscle or luxury car you’ve always wanted probably isn’t a high priority. In addition to consumer trends, many auto plants are closed, or their chain supply has been greatly impacted. 

But that doesn’t mean that our automotive contributor Mark Savage doesn’t get to test drive and enjoy some high-powered muscle cars. He says as powerful vehicles increase in price, they are losing their muscle but keeping the speed.

Breaking Fast film

When it comes to LGBTQ films, there are a number of good romantic comedies. And a new film, Breaking Fast by writer and director Mike Mosallam, is adding the underrepresented queer, Arab Muslim-American voices to cinema.

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Coronavirus cases among Native Americans in Wisconsin have tripled since Sept. 1 as the state continues to grapple with the pandemic.

The state Department of Health Services reported 59 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one new death among Native Americans in Wisconsin on Wednesday. That raised the group's totals to 2,333 confirmed cases and 23 deaths since the pandemic began, a huge jump from the 775 confirmed cases among Wisconsin Native Americans since Sept. 1.

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More poll workers are still needed around Wisconsin on Election Day, and there are indications they'll have to work even harder than during previous elections.

Wisconsin Elections Commission chief official Meagan Wolfe says that as of Thursday afternoon, about 200 poll workers were needed in 70 communities. In southeastern Wisconsin, more workers are needed in Cudahy, Elm Grove, the town of Waterford, three towns or villages in Kenosha County and one in Walworth County. You have to be a qualified voter in a county to work at a polling place within it.

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In Wisconsin, as coronavirus cases are surging and hospitalizations are increasing, more people are dying of COVID-19.

State officials say it’s a crisis, and emphasize that their message, though repetitive, is based on science. According to state data, 68 of Wisconsin's 72 counties have a “very high” level of COVID-19 activity. That means that at least 350 people out of every 100,000 are infected with the coronavirus. That’s more than four times the number of counties that fit that category mid-September.

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COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin are spiking again. In fact, more than 40% of known cases have been diagnosed in just the past month. Wisconsin’s hospitals are under a unique strain. In some parts of the state, they’re now at capacity.

With the coronavirus surging, officials are taking an unusual measure to help free up some hospital beds.

President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden met for their second and final debate as tens of millions of Americans have already voted. A deeply divided country begins its final sprint to Election Day amid the coronavirus pandemic, and it's unclear how many voters have yet to make up their minds.

Here are five takeaways from the debate in Nashville, Tenn., a much different — and far more civil — night than the last encounter.

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Progressive Community Health Centers in Milwaukee is part of a nationwide voter registration effort to sign up patients to vote in doctors’ offices and emergency rooms.

It’s called VotER.

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Milwaukeeans are already lining up outside early voting locations to cast their ballot in this year’s election. Many have already voted by mail or absentee. No matter how Wisconsinites choose to make their voice heard this year, they’ll all have to show proof of who they are. 

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

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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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