Do as I say, not as I do.
A Wisconsin legislator appeared to send a mixed message to voters Tuesday as he insisted it was safe for them to go out and vote, though he, himself, was sporting head-to-toe protective medical gear.
Wisconsin State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos appeared in a video shared Tuesday wearing “mandatory” personal protective equipment, or PPE, as he assured viewers that it was “incredibly safe” for them to vote in person in the state’s election amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“They gave us the PPE, it’s mandatory to wear it, so we are here today making sure we do everything safely. I think it’s a testament to the people who have really thought about this election,” Vos, who was joining volunteers serving as poll workers on Election Day, declared in a Facebook live stream.
“They knew what they were doing, they worked really hard to make sure that everybody who is here — the ones who are in the poll place working and people who are coming in in their cars — everybody is here safe,” the Republican added.
“They have very minimal exposure. Actually there’s less exposure here than you would get if you went to the grocery store, or you went to Wal-Mart, or if you did any of the many things we have to do to live in the state of Wisconsin,” Vos continued. “So I’m super proud of the job that they did, and I am glad that we are able to have the election.”
He explained that he and Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers “agreed that the election had to happen,” and added that “the forecast shows that we would actually have significantly more cases of coronavirus, more hospitalizations, and more deaths by this time than we have, so luckily the projections were wrong.”
Evers had issued an executive order on Monday to delay in-person voting until June 9, but the Wisconsin Supreme Court later blocked the order which was opposed by Vos and Republican State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald.
Joint statement with @SenFitzgerald on the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the governor’s order. This election will proceed as planned. pic.twitter.com/vbXUlqE8Yx
— Speaker Robin Vos (@SpeakerVos) April 6, 2020
“That’s why we are able to have the election today done safely because as Governor Evers also said, and I agree with him, there’s no guarantee that in May or June we are going to be safer. We could be dealing with this in August or November,” Vos explained in his Facebook video. “So we need to have a dry run as we’re going through it right now to make sure we get this right.”
“You are incredibly safe to go out,” Vos assured voters.
The presidential primary election in Wisconsin, amid the social distancing guidelines due to the coronavirus pandemic, saw long lines of voters waiting to cast their ballots.
In the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, THIS is the line for in person voting as the polls open for Election Day in Wisconsin. #COVID19 #ElectionDay pic.twitter.com/WplsSHy9RF
— Omar Jimenez (@OmarJimenez) April 7, 2020
Some of the state’s National Guard troops were called on to replace volunteer poll workers who quit ahead of Tuesday’s election, forcing the consolidation of polling locations.
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