On the eve of the election, it was unclear whether in-person voting would happen at all.
Thousands of people requested absentee ballots ahead of last week's deadline, but they won't receive those ballots in time to mail them back, according to data reported by local clerks to the Wisconsin Elections Commission. "Whatever the results from today's election are, I won't feel they were free and fair". Tony Evers (D-Wis.) last-minute executive order postponing voting in Tuesday's contests. The letter to the Senate Rules and Administration Committee and the Committee on House Administration also urged the committees to explore how other states are adjusting their elections to ensure that all voters can be counted during the current pandemic in both the primaries and the general election.
The weird nature of the election was epitomized by Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos telling reporters, "You are incredibly safe to go out", while wearing a hospital gown, rubber gloves, and a surgical mask at one of the polling sites. Andersen worked at one of Milwaukee's five polling places, where he said 3,800 people voted.
As part of a thread published on Twitter, Walter Shaub, a former director of the Office of Government Ethics who served under former President Barack Obama, accused the Supreme Court of having "ramped up" voter suppression by "sending Wisconsin voters into a war zone in our species' fight against an ancient enemy, disease". Put simply, they made it harder for the people of Wisconsin, who are grappling with the health impact of coronavirus and pending economic uncertainty, to vote.
For now, with November just 7 months away and COVID refusing to divulge its expiration date, we only know this: One party has proven that it will be comfortable forcing Americans to choose between their health and a sacred right of citizenship. Her mom gave her extra masks to limit the spread at the polling location despite working as a nurse practitioner in the emergency department at a Milwaukee hospital.
Bockhorst was waiting for her absentee ballot to arrive before the primary.
"Then we're looking at is that enough to shift from an in-person vote to mail-in voting", Bell said.
Thousands more stayed home, unwilling to risk their health during a statewide stay-at-home order, but complained that the absentee ballots they had requested were still missing.
Voting site supervisor Brad Hoeschen says he's never seen anything like this in his 12-year career.
She is also seeking to eliminate the requirement that the majority of poll workers live in their precinct.
Meanwhile, in Fond du Lac County, Daniel Schultz worked the polls for the first time, to help fill the labor shortage.
Vos said he was serving as an election inspector and that wearing the personal protective equipment, or PPE, was mandatory.
"My understanding is, these are ballots that never ever were cast". But what is for certain is that the coronavirus radically affected how voting was conducted.
At his Tuesday circus-like press briefing, ostensibly about the coronavirus crisis, a reporter pressed him on his opposition to voting by mail. Some studies show that these errors disproportionately affect black voters.
"They clearly knew this was going to be unsafe", Bradish said.
So the GOP legislature went to court.