The Wisconsin primary election went forward Tuesday amid the coronavirus outbreak, despite attempts to delay the election until June. The Republican-led state legislature denied moves to delay the primary, and sued to stop extended absentee ballot voting.
Ultimately, Democratic Governor Tony Evers lost in court in a decision that fell along party lines. The Wisconsin Supreme Court overturned the governor’s decision to postpone the election for two months, while the U.S. Supreme Court decided that absentee ballot voting couldn’t be extended.
“It’s outrageous that the Republican legislative leaders and the conservative majority on the Supreme Court in Wisconsin are willing to risk the health and safety of many thousands of Wisconsin voters tomorrow for their own political gain,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders in a statement.
“Let’s be clear: holding this election amid the coronavirus outbreak is dangerous, disregards the guidance of public health experts, and may very well prove