Greendale Votes: Primary Election Results and Voting in Schools
The Village of Greendale voted in the Spring Primary election on February 16 for Milwaukee County Executive and Wisconsin Supreme Court and the Village received media attention as some parents expressed concern over voting in schools.
In the Milwaukee County Executive race incumbent Chris Abele garnered 55.97% of the Greendale vote with State Senator Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee) coming in at 30.25%. However, Larson beat Abele county-wide with 45% of the vote and Abele at 44%.
The Greendale vote for State Supreme Court was 56% for Rebecca Bradley and 31% for Joanne Kloppenburg. State-wide Bradley had 45% to Kloppenburg’s 43%, with Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Joe Donald finishing third.
Greendale saw 25.22% of registered voters in Greendale participate in the primary election.
Voting in Greendale Schools Continues
as an Issue for Some Parents
The issue of voting in Greendale schools again was a point of contention for some parents. The district made a decision to plan parent-teacher conferences and teacher data review and professional development days around the known election dates.
According to the district, “This eliminates safety and security concerns for students and staff on these days.”
Aleks Skibicki, President of the Highland View PTO spoke to WTMJ-4, and said he and other Greendale parents have been petitioning the school district and the village to remove voting from schools for the last three years and believes using schools as polling places leaves students inside at risk.
“The doors are wide open, so anyone can walk right in,” Skibicki said. “Our schools are putting a lot of money into security for the rest of the year. It seems really counterintuitive that, while we lock everything solidly most days of the year, on election days we’d advertise to the rest of the world that our schools are open.”
To view the full report on WTMJ-4, please click here.