Wisconsin coronavirus infections linked to Election Day, health official says
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Apr 26, 2020,
Apr 26, 2020, 0:34
County clerks will be allowed to reduce the number of sites for in-person voting on election day.
The processing and counting of ballots may begin as soon as June 1. Additionally, a massive public education campaign would need to be carried out to inform the public of the new systems and rules.
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The city and county have also become the state's epicenter of the crisis, with the most cases and deaths being reported out of the county.
Advocates of voting by mail say Wisconsin's experience should be a warning to other states as the country grapples with how to hold an election during the pandemic. Democrats accused their opponents of trying to suppress voter turnout to help a conservative incumbent on the state Supreme Court. In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that lower federal courts can not change election rules so close to the election itself. "Not so much because of the postponement itself, but because of the process by which the decision is made".
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The state's efforts to get voters to apply for a mail-in ballot or absentee ballot have gained traction, with more than 462,000 voters applying for a mail-in ballot and more than 139,000 applying for an absentee ballot, according to Wolf administration figures.
Milwaukee health officials have previously said they identified seven people who were at the polls who tested positive for COVID-19, but it was also too early to say whether they contracted the virus there. In some places, like Milwaukee, people had to cram into five polling places - down from the city's usual 180.
Wisconsin proceeded with in-person voting only after a bitter partisan fight. "They never should have been forced to make that choice", he said on Twitter.
The almost unprecedented challenge for election officials hit hardest in Milwaukee, which opened five voting locations out of the typical 180 because of worker shortages, and Green Bay, which offered only two polling locations instead of the usual 31 and had waits of two to three hours. Election officials did confirm the implementation of social distancing procedures at each election site, according to NBC.
Friday afternoon, Secretary of State Adams released more information about the upcoming election. "Or in the case of the president, the timing of the casting of the Electoral College votes". One thing we can be sure of is that this pandemic will continue to influence the 2020 presidential election as voters look for a leader in theseuncertain times.