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Judge: disabled Wisconsin voters can receive help voting

A federal judge says Wisconsin voters with disabilities can get help returning their ballots, despite a state Supreme Court ruling and state laws that suggest otherwise. U.S. District Judge James D. Peterson issued an order Wednesday saying that voters who have difficulty returning their own ballot can choose someone to return it for them. The state Supreme Court in July issued a ruling that outlawed absentee ballot drop boxes and said voters must return their own absentee ballot in person to a clerk’s office or other designated site. State law also suggests that voters are required to return their own ballots. The federal Voting Rights Act says otherwise.

Best of Madison 2022 Winners

The Best of Madison 2022 Readers’ Poll is here, and we’re celebrating the businesses, people and things that make this area our paradise on earth.

The Best of Madison 2022 Readers’ Poll is here, and we’re celebrating the businesses, people and things that make this area our paradise on earth.

All Dane County jail inmates to be tested for coronavirus

The National Guard has been summoned to help test nearly 600 inmates at the Dane County Jail for COVID-19 on Monday. Sheriff Kalvin Barrett says there are record high coronavirus cases at the jail where nearly 90 inmates of the 594 incarcerated have tested positive. Barrett says the jail population usually decreased in the wintertime, but not this year when an abnormally high number of inmates is putting further stress on the facility. The sheriff says they are running out of space. The National Guard had previously tested the jail’s population at the onset of the pandemic.