Wisconsin forced to hold in-person primary despite pandemic; suppresses voter rights in the process

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Tue, 04/07/2020 - 5:30pm

 

The state of Wisconsin held an in-person primary election today – despite a state-wide stay-at-home order due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Last night the U.S. Supreme Court stepped in with a five to four decision, which was highly criticized by dissenting judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, to prevent the state from extending its deadline for the return of absentee ballots.

Meanwhile, over 180 polling locations have been reduced to just eight due to the lack of election inspectors.

KBOO's Jenka Soderberg spoke with Jay Heck, the Executive Director of Wisconsin Common Cause to learn more about how the pandemic has led to voter suppression

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