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Wisconsin limps toward Tuesday election despite virus fears

Wisconsin limps toward Tuesday election despite virus fears Photo: WDIO-TV file photo

from Associated Press reports
Created: April 04, 2020 08:26 AM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin is lurching toward a spring primary election on Tuesday despite widespread concern about in-person voting during the coronavirus crisis.

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A day after a federal judge declined to postpone the election, Democratic Gov. Tony Evers called a special session starting Saturday and asked majority Republicans to shift to an all-mail affair. Republicans say the state should hold to the date.

Voting advocacy groups and Evers' fellow Democrats have been pushing him and Republican legislative leaders to postpone Tuesday's election as the coronavirus spreads but Republicans have refused to make any changes.

Evers' call for a special session doesn't mandate lawmakers take any action and the GOP has already vowed to see the election through as scheduled.

The special session call means legislative leaders will have to meet but they're under no obligation to do anything. Wisconsin Republicans said Friday the election should be held as planned Tuesday despite governor's request to delay.

The primary comes as Joe Biden holds a commanding lead over Bernie Sanders but hasn't formally clinched the Democratic nomination.

Meanwhile, Supreme Court candidates Dan Kelly and Jill Karofsky have made major changes to their campaign tactics in the face of social distancing, canceling in-person appearances and turning to television and social media to get their messages out.

The federal judge has extended the window for absentees by nearly a week. But in-person voting is still planned despite a shortage of poll workers so severe that many municipalities say they won't be able to staff polling places.

Results won't be releaed until nearly a week after Election Day.

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