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A worker helps voter outside the Frank P. Zeidler Municipal Building Monday March 30, 2020, in Milwaukee. The city is now allowing drive up early voting for the state's April 7 election. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Wisconsin GOP appeals to Supreme Court on extended voting

Apr. 4, 2020 6:58 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday to block extended absentee voting in Tuesday's primary, despite public health fears about in-person voting amid the coronavirus pandemic. Republicans are asking the high court to undo a federal judge's ruling this week that...

Report: COVID-19 deaths in Wisconsin up 19 from previous day

Apr. 4, 2020 4:43 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — An update issued Saturday by the Wisconsin Department of Human Services shows an increase of 19 COVID-19 deaths from the previous day's report, raising the total number of deaths from the virus to 56. The department summary lists a total of 2,112 positive tests for COVID-19, a jump of 196...

A worker leaves the the Frank P. Zeidler Municipal Building Monday March 30, 2020, in Milwaukee. The city is now allowing drive up early voting for the state's April 7 election. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Wisconsin limps toward Tuesday election despite virus fears

Apr. 3, 2020 10:17 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's attempt to conduct an election in the midst of a coronavirus crisis lurched forward Friday, with a Democratic governor pushing for an all-mail election to replace in-person voting and Republican leaders refusing to budge. Just three days before Tuesday's spring primary...

This combination of Nov. 19, 2019 photos shows Dane County Circuit Court Judge Jill Karofsky, left, and Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Daniel Kelly, during a candidate's forum for a seat on the state Supreme Court. Wisconsin voters are about to choose the next state Supreme Court justice. Incumbent conservative Justice Kelly and liberal challenger Karofsky will square off in the April 7, 2020 spring election despite the coronavirus crisis. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File)

Court hopefuls push through coronavirus to Election Day

Apr. 3, 2020 8:45 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin residents may be more worried about whether they'll be able to feed their families than voting as the coronavirus shutdown stretches on. But someone has to pick the state's next Supreme Court justice in Tuesday's spring election. The ballot features a matchup between...

Wisconsin Republicans say election should be held as planned Tuesday despite governor's request to delay

Apr. 3, 2020 5:02 PM EDT
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans say election should be held as planned Tuesday despite governor's request to delay.
From left Katherine Katsekes, and Diane Scott, both paid volunteers, help sort absentee ballots by ward to be opened on election day at Brookfield City Hall, Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Many area communities are having a steady stream of residents voting early as concerns about the coronavirus raise questions about the upcoming April 7 election. (Rick Wood/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

Judge won't delay Wisconsin election but extends voting

Apr. 2, 2020 8:31 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday declined to postpone Wisconsin's presidential primary as the coronavirus spreads, but he ordered that people be given an extra six days beyond Tuesday's election for absentee voting. U.S. District Judge William Conley blasted state leaders' decision not to...

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2015 file photo, Wisconsin Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling, D-La Crosse, speaks at the State Capitol in Madison, Wisc. Shilling says she won't seek re-election this fall announcing her decision Thursday, April, 2, 2020. She said in a statement that her sons are in high school and middle school and her time with them at home is running out. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File)

Senate Democratic leader Shilling won't seek re-election

Apr. 2, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The leader of Wisconsin's state Senate Democrats announced Thursday that she won't seek re-election this fall, a setback for her party as it tries to gain ground on the chamber's Republican majority. Jennifer Shilling faced another tight race with perennial GOP rival Dan Kapanke after...

The Latest: Wisconsin COVID-19 cases grow to 1,730

Apr. 2, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak in Wisconsin (all times local): 1:40 p.m The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin has cracked 1,700 while 31 people have died, the state Department of Health Services reported Thursday. There have also been 461 people hospitalized to...

Waukesha settles on one polling place for in-person voting for Election Day due to the coronavirus Tuesday, March 31, 2020 in Waukesha. Waukesha city officials announced Monday all voters will be directed to the Schuetze Recreation Center, 1120 Baxter St. The city is reducing the number of polling places from the usual 13 sites. (Rick Wood/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

Federal judge signals he won't postpone Wisconsin election

Apr. 1, 2020 6:29 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge signaled Wednesday that he won't postpone or make any major changes to Wisconsin's presidential primary to alleviate concerns that voters and poll workers could contract the coronavirus. U.S. District Judge William Conley told attorneys for the Democratic National...

A commuter wears a mask while riding The Hop on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 in Milwaukee.  (Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

Evers releases new virus proposals; poll shows broad support

Apr. 1, 2020 4:57 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers released a second package of spending proposals to address the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday as a new poll showed broad support for the actions he's taken already to slow the spread of the disease. With the latest proposals, Evers is now asking the Legislature to...