Racing to the polls with drive-thru early voting in Eau Claire

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – According to the Wisconsin Elections Commission, more than 6-thousand Eau Claire County residents have already cast their ballot using drive-thru in-person voting. First News at Nine’s Phoebe Murray was outside Eau Claire City Hall today, talking with poll workers and early voters for day six of early voting in the badger state.

Early voters are racing to the polls behind the wheel in this battleground state. Cathy Gierhart was back outside Eau Claire City Hall Monday. The poll worker says, no matter the weather, her role is to help people in Eau Claire vote early, and safely.

Cathy Gierhart, a poll worker, said, “It’s been cold, rainy, thundering, sleeting, everything on us last week. This week whether-wise looks a lot better, so I’m hoping people really come in.”

Gierhart says one of the concerns she’s hearing from people, are based on lingering fears surrounding Election Day next Tuesday.

“They don’t want to have a fever, be quarantined they want to make sure their ballots are going in are counted this year,” said Gierhart

Early votes, Ronald and Susan Stron say they hope to see drive-thru voting continue for years to come.

“It’d be great if we could do this at all the elections, I think we would prefer to do it this way rather than to have to stand in line, regardless of the exposure to the virus,” said Ronald Stron.

First time early voter’s Angie and Steven, feel confident their ballots will be valid this way.

“To make sure it’s done. With everything questionable and people gathering we want to make sure we voted,” said Angie.

A staff of 50 makes drive-thru voting operational at city hall, including poll workers, runners and cleaning staff.

“I can just tell people are so grateful. Everybody has just been so pleasant, and they thank us for being out here in the cold,” said Gierhart.

Everyone doing their part to ensure that each vote counts.

If you haven’t the chance to cast your ballot yet, early drive-thru voting here outside city hall runs through this Friday until 5 p.m.

In Eau Claire, Phoebe Murray, First News at Nine.

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