Common Council President Cavalier Johnson
Press Release

Statement on confirmation of Claire Woodall-Vogg as Executive Director of the Milwaukee Election Commission

Common Council President Cavalier Johnson July 7, 2020

By - Jul 7th, 2020 03:06 pm

The 2020 election cycle is already underway. Applications for absentee ballots are in the mail to hundreds of thousands of Milwaukee voters, and in just 35 days our citizens will cast their votes in the fall primary election and 119 days from now, voters across the country will select who will serve as President of the United States. When it comes to elections, there is a typical hyperbolic statement accompanying each cycle that, “this is the most important election of our lifetime.” While all elections are important, only a select few in my lifetime has lived up to that billing. This time though, I feel confident in applying that standard to the upcoming federal election.

Before today, we were entering into a crucial stretch – only four months out and the City was without leadership at the Milwaukee Election Commission.

I am proud that the Milwaukee Common Council saw fit to ensure that our city has a leader with the experience, competence, and qualifications to lead the Milwaukee Election Commission during this important time. Claire Woodall-Vogg has nearly eight years of experience serving our community in the Milwaukee Election Commission. Prior to being nominated to serve in this post she oversaw the complexity of the City’s central count operation which juggles volunteers, election workers, media, political observers, and as of the April 7th local election, nearly 75,000 absentee ballots. The number of absentee ballots is projected to grow for the fall election.

Claire has been instrumental in:

  • The creation of Milwaukee’s SafeVote program
  • Expanding access to early voting locations
  • Securing outside funding for poll worker recruitment, increased compensation for poll workers and adequate supplies of personal protective equipment at voting sites

Claire Woodall-Vogg has a passion for ensuring voting access to all Milwaukeeans — no matter their neighborhood or zip code. Claire’s plan for uplifting and evolving the Milwaukee Election Commission entitled Equity, Inclusion, and Voting in the City of Milwaukee is attached.

Again, it is critically important that Milwaukee have a leader of the Election Commission who can run a competent and efficient operation. Today, the Milwaukee Common Council has made that a certainty, and I want to thank my colleagues for doing so.

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