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Sweeping federal lawsuit seeks election changes in Wisconsin

Voters line up on April 7 at Riverside High School in Milwaukee for Wisconsin's primary election. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

Advocates for people with disabilities and minority voters in Wisconsin filed a sweeping federal lawsuit Monday asking a judge to order that more poll workers be hired, every voter in the state receive an absentee-ballot application and a host of other changes be made to ensure the August primary and November presidential election can be held safely amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Wisconsin voters forced to choose between health, democracy

People vote at Riverside High School, in Milwaukee on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. The Wisconsin primary is moving forward in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic after Gov. Tony Evers sought to shut down Tuesday's election in a historic move Monday that was swiftly rejected by the conservative majority of the Wisconsin Supreme Court by the end of the day. (Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

If Wisconsin was a test case for voting in the age of the coronavirus, it did not go well for many voters. Thousands were forced to congregate for hours in long lines on Tuesday with no protective gear. Thousands more stayed home, unwilling to risk their health and unable to be counted because requested absentee ballots never arrived.

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Supreme Court assumes jurisdiction over lawsuit over clerk’s absentee-voter advice

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has assumed jurisdiction over a lawsuit involving a Dane County clerk's advice to voters to mark themselves as indefinitely confined because of the governor's stay-at-home order to get around Wisconsin's photo ID requirement.

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Top Wisconsin official: Spring election fraught with difficulties

Wisconsin could face a litany of problems if it holds its spring election as scheduled despite the coronavirus outbreak, including a possible disruption in mail service interfering with absentee voting, a lack of polling sites and the risk of exposing elderly poll workers and voters to the disease, the state's chief elections officer said in a memo released Wednesday.

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Wisconsin voter purge case appealed to state Supreme Court

A conservative law firm asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Wednesday to overturn an appeals court ruling that stopped the purging of more than 200,000 people from the state's voter rolls, a step that Democrats argued was intended to make it harder for their voters to cast ballots.

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