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People in Wisconsin risked their lives as they waited in line for hours to vote despite lockdown

State Republican lawmakers refused to let Wisconsin's Democratic Gov. Tony Evers postpone the primary election to June despite the pandemic.

People in Wisconsin risked their lives as they waited in line for hours to vote despite lockdown
Cover Image Source: (L):Twitter/Angela Axelrod, (R): Twitter/Ben Hauck

Wisconsin residents woke up on Tuesday morning with two options before them: exercise their right to vote and risk catching the virus, or stay home healthy and safe. Thousands of Americans were forced to face this impossible decision amid a global pandemic, all thanks to the state's Republican lawmakers who refused to let Wisconsin's Democratic Gov. Tony Evers postpone the primary election to June. According to CNN, after a bitter back-and-forth between the two sides, the decision ultimately went to the state Supreme Court where judges reversed a lower court's ruling that gave voters six extra days to return their ballots by mail. The election would proceed as planned.



 

 

While every other state with an election scheduled for April either postponed it or shifted it to by-mail voting only, Wisconsin pressed forward with a drastically reduced number of polling sites.



 

 

In Milwaukee, so many poll workers quit that the total number of polling sites went from around 180 to 5, forcing voters to stand in line for hours to cast their votes.



 

 

The following 24 tweets show just how big of a mess the state's election day was:

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