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Wisconsin is Scheduled to Vote Today. How will the Pandemic Affect Turnout?

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Originally published as: Jordan M. Foley, Michael W. Wagner, Lewis A. Friedland, Dhavan V. Shah, Katherine J. Cramer and Ceri Hughes "Wisconsin is Scheduled to Vote Today. How will the Pandemic Affect Turnout?" The Washington Post, April 7, 2020.

On Tuesday, April 7, Wisconsin is scheduled to vote. With the coronavirus still raging, state lawmakers of both parties have for weeks been urging voters to cast ballots early or absentee to help contain the pandemic.

Some leaders are trying to make those options easier. For instance, the capital city of Madison offered curbside early voting through Saturday.

On Monday, Gov. Tony Evers (D) postponed the election until June via an executive order, but an appeal from Republican lawmakers to the Wisconsin Supreme Court resulted in the court striking down Evers’s order. The election will go on as scheduled.