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Just when you thought Wisconsin’s election couldn’t get any more chaotic, Monday happened. Eighteen hours before Tuesday’s polls were set to open, Gov. Tony Evers ordered the election postponed until June 9 — an effort to protect voters from a worsening viral pandemic. Republicans called the move unconstitutional and instantly challenged the order in the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The court’s conservative majority agreed, reinstating voting for Tuesday.
Today we highlight several stories chronicling the chaos. Molly Beck and Patrick Marley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report on the flurry of orders and legal filings that brought us to this moment. Dee J. Hall, Wisconsin Watch managing editor, profiles a veteran poll worker who describes Madison’s extraordinary lengths to protect poll workers and voters. And Allison Dikanovic of Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service details fears of disenfranchisement in Milwaukee as black and brown voters choose between participating in democracy or protecting their health.
‘People are going to get sick from this’: Fear, uncertainty cloud Wisconsin’s pandemic election — Wisconsin Watch
Wisconsin Supreme Court reinstates Tuesday’s election, overturning Gov. Tony Evers order — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Concerns of disenfranchisement intensify as black and brown voters weigh voting during the coronavirus —Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service
Wisconsin hospitals sued patients during a public health emergency. Two are now dismissing some suits. — Wisconsin Watch/WPR
Early data shows African Americans have contracted and died of coronavirus at an alarming rate — ProPublica
‘Nobody’s got a map for this mess’: Wisconsin counties brace for unknown hit to sales tax — Wisconsin State Journal
UW Health to start treating coronavirus patients with plasma as part of clinical trials — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Thousands of patients see procedures postponed as hospitals prep for COVID-19 surge — The Cap Times
Before coronavirus, grocery stores filled delivery and pickup orders in hours. Now it’s days — The Appleton Post-Crescent
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Stats to note
As of Monday afternoon, black residents comprised 601 of Milwaukee County’s 1,304 confirmed coronavirus cases (46%) and 33 of 45 deaths (73%). Black residents make up just 26% of the county’s population. Milwaukee is among few U.S. communities tracking the racial breakdown of those affected by coronavirus, ProPublica reports, and those data show the virus’ disproportionate effects on black communities.
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A socially distant celebration: Pandemic prompts a birthday parade instead of a party — Wisconsin State Journal
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A mural in Milwaukee’s Washington Heights neighborhood offers a message of solidarity.
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