Election

President Trump cast a vote-by-mail ballot in Florida this week after months of questioning the security of the method of voting, and in doing so he returned it to election officials using a technique many Republicans say should be illegal.

The way Trump voted shows how he's had to walk a fine line, and often tweak his language around voting, to adjust for political realities and his own behavior.

Chuck Quirmbach

Vice President Mike Pence says, "It's on!” — the 2020 election campaign pitting President Donald Trump and Pence against the Democratic ticket of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Pence spoke at a factory in Walworth County on Wednesday and said Republican policies are helping the Wisconsin economy. Democrats are quick to disagree.

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Wednesday marks day three of the Democratic National Convention.

One of the sessions focused on turning out the Spanish speaking vote. It’s a segment of the population that both Democrats and Republicans have deemed essential.

Wisconsin state Rep. and Milwaukee Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa opened the session, laying out why she believes President Trump does not deserve the Latino vote. 

Maayan Silver

After Tuesday night’s roll call at the Democratic National Convention, Joe Biden is officially the Democratic candidate for president of the United States. And during the broadcast of the convention itself, Milwaukee and Wisconsin got some time in the virtual spotlight.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett called the convention to order at the Wisconsin Center Tuesday night in front of a cobalt blue background and framed by two American and two Wisconsin flags.

“I would love to be welcoming you to my home city right now,” said Barrett.

LaToya Dennis

Republicans are working hard to turn out the vote in Wisconsin come Nov. 3. And President Donald Trump's reelection campaign is trying to stay in the spotlight here this week during the virtual Democratic National Convention, which originally was planned as an in-person event in Milwaukee.

Chuck Quirmbach

Republican Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to speak at noon Wednesday at a metal fabricating firm in Walworth County, Wis. The Tankcraft Corporation in the village of Darien makes fuel tanks and other products.

One of the company owners is board chair of a Wisconsin conservative think tank, and says he promotes liberty and individual rights.

The Trump campaign says Pence is scheduled to discuss “the failure of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden to put American workers first.”   

Essay: Loyalty

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One week ago Vice President Joe Biden announced his running mate would be California Sen. Kamala Harris. Biden pledged months ago to choose a woman as his running mate. 

But Biden and Harris have not always seen eye to eye. They engaged in debates against each other early on in the election process when Harris was still a presidential candidate.

Essayist Seungmi Cho was moved by one exchange where Harris called on Biden to work with her and stand up against racism. She talks about it in her essay “Loyalty.”

Cuts to the U.S. Postal Service have led to widespread concerns about mail-in ballots arriving on time in November. Tens of thousands of ballots have already been rejected this year because they were received after the deadline.

Now, a number of states are extending those deadlines, so ballots only need to be postmarked by Election Day, instead of received by Election Day, which is currently the law in most places.

Marti Mikkelson

Republican President Donald Trump held a rally in Oshkosh Monday as the Democratic National Convention was beginning in Milwaukee. He made remarks at a hangar at Wittman Regional Airport. About 1,000 people attended the event. They sat close together and only about half wore masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus. Many wore “Make America Great Again” hats and waved signs that read “Trump 2020.”

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Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has announced he will suspend the controversial changes he instituted to the U.S. Postal Service until after the November election.

"To avoid even the appearance of any impact on election mail, I am suspending these initiatives until after the election is concluded," DeJoy said in a statement.

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President Trump's son Eric Trump will campaign Tuesday at the office of the Milwaukee Police Association, the union that represents hundreds of Milwaukee officers. Eric Trump is expected to tout an endorsement of his father by the International Union of Police Associations.

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Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has agreed to appear for a U.S. House Oversight Committee hearing next week as lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have voiced concern over the direction of the U.S. Postal Service.

Milwaukee was set to take center stage at the 2020 Democratic National Convention. How things have changed.

A virtual convention, voting during a pandemic, Wisconsin’s role in the presidential race. With the presidential election fewer than 100 days away, there’s a lot of to talk about.

Join WUWM’s Joy Powers for a live conversation with NPR’s Asma Khalid and Ron Elving. Elving and Khalid will dig into the election, the convention, and how the coronavirus is impacting it all. The event will be streamed live.

Election officials are seeking clarification from the Postal Service about how recent cutbacks will affect what's expected to be an avalanche of mail-in voting in the upcoming election. Changes in postal operations have already led to mail delays across the country, raising alarms about what will happen in November.

Democrat Joe Biden's lead has expanded to double-digits against President Trump in the presidential election, an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds. Biden now leads Trump 53% to 42%, up from an 8-point advantage at the end of June.

The change comes as 71% of Americans now see the coronavirus as a real threat, up significantly over the last several months, as more than 167,000 Americans have died and more than 5 million have become infected with the virus, as of Friday.

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