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Maayan Silver

Wisconsin is plowing forward with its April 7 election amid concerns of many election officials. One of the biggest obstacles to a smooth election is the shortage of poll workers. And many are staying home because of concerns about COVID-19.

One person with a longstanding tradition of working the polls is Larry “Spike” Bandy. He’s been an election inspector at Gordon Park in Riverwest for about 10 years – but won’t be showing up on Tuesday.

Michelle Maternowski

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Judge rules Wisconsin clerks can't release results from Tuesday's election before April 13 absentee deadline.

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The Wisconsin Elections Commission says a federal judge who ordered an extension for absentee voting in Tuesday’s election should ensure that no results are reported until all absentee ballots are in. The election has been roiled by fears of the coronavirus, with many municipalities saying they won’t be able to staff polling locations.

Chuck Quirmbach

Federal officials have eased blood donation restrictions on gay and bisexual men. Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin says she supports the change, but says it doesn’t go far enough.

The new guidelines from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reduce the amount of time — from 12 months to three months — that men who have sex with men have to be same-sex abstinent before giving blood.

Emily Files / WUWM

Wisconsin’s primary election is moving forward on April 7, despite calls from some to postpone it due to the COVID-19 outbreak. People who have an absentee ballot have until April 13 to get it in the hands of local election clerks, under a ruling Thursday by a federal judge.

Maayan Silver / WUWM

Wisconsinites voting absentee have more time to request ballots and cast their votes. U.S. District Judge William Conley ruled that requests for absentee ballots can be made until 5 p.m. on Friday, April 3. The previous deadline was Thursday, April 2.

And, Conley ruled that voters have until 4 p.m. on Monday, April 13 to get their ballots into the hands of local election clerks. That's six days after election day.

Courtesy of Daniel Kelly

Wisconsin’s presidential primary and spring elections will be held next Tuesday, April 7. Two hopefuls are vying for a 10-year term on the state Supreme Court. Conservative incumbent Daniel Kelly faces a challenge from Dane County Circuit Judge Jill Karofsky, who is supported by Democrats. Although the position is officially non-partisan, the court currently has a 5-2 conservative majority. Democrats are hoping to narrow that lead to 4-3 if Karofsky wins.

We've interviewed both candidates.

Courtesy of Jill Karofsky

Wisconsin’s presidential primary and spring elections will be held next Tuesday, April 7. Two hopefuls are vying for a 10-year term on the state Supreme Court. Conservative incumbent Daniel Kelly faces a challenge from Dane County Circuit Judge Jill Karofsky, who is supported by Democrats. Although the position is officially non-partisan, the court currently has a 5-2 conservative majority. Democrats are hoping that with a Karofsky victory, the lead would be narrowed to 4-3. 

We've interviewed both candidates.

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Updated at 3:57 p.m. CT

The 2020 Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee is delayed until Aug. 17 in response to the coronavirus outbreak, the Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) announced Thursday. It was originally scheduled for July 13-16.

The convention planning team says it will use the coming weeks to further explore options so the convention takes place without unnecessary risk to public health. These options include adjusting the convention’s format, crowd size and schedule.

Emily Files / WUWM

Students and teachers at Wisconsin colleges and universities are grappling with the uncertainty of coronavirus-related closures. Schools across the state have suspended in-person classes, study abroad programs, and athletics.

WUWM will post updates below about how Milwaukee-area higher education institutions are responding to the coronavirus crisis.

>>The Latest WUWM & NPR Coronavirus Coverage

Courtesy of David Crowley

Despite demands to delay Wisconsin's spring election due to coronavirus concerns, it's still set for April 7. So on Tuesday, Milwaukee County residents will vote for the next county executive. Two state lawmakers are vying for the position: Democratic state Rep. David Crowley and Democratic state Sen. Chris Larson.

Courtesy of Chris Larson

Despite demands to delay Wisconsin's spring election due to coronavirus concerns, it's still set for April 7. So on Tuesday, Milwaukee County residents will vote for the next county executive. Two state lawmakers are vying for the position: Democratic state Rep. David Crowley and Democratic state Sen. Chris Larson.

Marti Mikkelson / WUWM

Wisconsin faces a severe shortage of poll workers for next week’s in-person spring election because of the coronavirus pandemic. That’s according to the Wisconsin Election Commission. It released a survey of municipal clerks across the state Tuesday. Some clerks said they are so short-staffed that they won’t be able to conduct an in-person election at all.

Maayan Silver

Two candidates are vying for Milwaukee mayor in the upcoming Wisconsin general election: incumbent Mayor Tom Barrett and Democratic state Sen. Lena Taylor.

Teran Powell

Ahead of the April 7 general election, we’re profiling candidates for state and local races that are important to southeast Wisconsin. That includes the two candidates for Milwaukee Mayor: Incumbent Tom Barrett and state Sen. Lena Taylor

>>Meet The Milwaukee Mayoral Candidates

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State health officials said Monday social distancing is helping to flatten the curve, controlling the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. But they urge Wisconsinites to stay indoors to ensure cases are slowed.

In a news conference with the state Department of Health Services, Gov. Tony Evers urged action to bring medical equipment to the state as cases for COVID-19 are expected to rise in the next few weeks.

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