Election

Teran Powell

Forty people in Milwaukee County may have become infected with the coronavirus as a result of participating in Wisconsin elections on April 7.

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At least 15 poll workers and voters who participated in Wisconsin’s April 7 election have confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to state Department of Health Services Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk.

“We have correlation they voted and they were at the polls, but we do not have causation. We don't have a comparison group in order to make that kind of determination. We'd have to have a comparison group of where all the people who have tested negative whether they voted or not," Willems Van Dijk said in a news briefing on Wednesday.

At least seven people may have become infected with the coronavirus as a result of Wisconsin's controversial decision to go forward with in-person voting for its April 7 election, Milwaukee's top public health officer said Monday.

"As of today, we have identified seven individuals that contracted, or at least it appears, COVID-19 through election-related activities," said Jeanette Kowalik, the city's health commissioner.

Teran Powell

Updated at 1:02 p.m. CT

Health officials in Wisconsin said they have identified at least seven people who appear to have contracted the coronavirus from participating in the April 7 election, the first such cases following in-person voting that was held despite widespread concern about the public health risks.

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The Wisconsin Election Commission held a special meeting on Saturday to dissect the state’s recent Spring Election and presidential primary.

Commission Administrator Meagan Wolfe described the April 7 events as unprecedented.

“We’re the first state to run a statewide election in the middle of a statewide stay-at-home order,” Wolfe said.

Last week's Wisconsin election was extraordinary for a number of reasons.

Unlike more than a dozen other states, Wisconsin plowed ahead with the April 7 election in the face of the coronavirus pandemic after the intervention of the state Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Updated at 12:02 p.m. ET

Former President Barack Obama officially endorsed his former vice president, Joe Biden, on Tuesday, marking the Democratic establishment's formal consolidation around the party's presumptive presidential nominee.

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Updated at 12:54 p.m. CT 

In an extremely close contest, state Rep. David Crowley won the race for Milwaukee County executive. Crowley beat state Sen. Chris Larson, who says he's not going to challenge the results. 

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The results of the Milwaukee mayoral race are in and incumbent Tom Barrett easily won his fifth four-year term. Mayor Barrett defeated Democratic state Sen. Lena Taylor.

Due to the coronavirus, he thanked supporters, virtually, Monday evening: “I'm very honored. And I'm pleased and thrilled to have the opportunity to continue to serve the people of the city I love in a job that I love."

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Updated April 24, 6:23 p.m. 

Milwaukee Public Schools will get an additional $87 million each year to spend on educational programming after voters overwhelmingly approved a referendum allowing the district to raise revenue through a property tax increase.

The referendum funding may help MPS deal with the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic, which shuttered schools indefinitely beginning mid-March.

Courtesy of Jill Karofsky

After a bitter battle, incumbent Justice Daniel Kelly has lost his bid for a 10-year term on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Dane County Circuit Judge Jill Karofsky defeated Kelly Monday in an unusual election that took place during the COVID-19 pandemic.

While the office is nonpartisan, Karofsky is backed by Democrats and Kelly is backed by Republicans. Karofsky’s victory narrows the court’s conservative majority from 5-2 to 4-3.

The April 7 spring election and presidential primary included races for Wisconsin Supreme Court, Milwaukee mayor, and Milwaukee County executive.

The projected winners of the spring general election and presidential primary are marked in bold. 

Updated at 11:45 a.m. ET Tuesday

Joe Biden has won the Wisconsin Democratic primary, garnering 63% of the vote.

The former vice president was already the party's presumptive presidential nominee, after Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suspended his campaign last week.

Sanders formally endorsed Biden on Monday.

Get the latest on Wisconsin's primary races for president and House.

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Marti Mikkelson

The court and legislative decisions that determined Wisconsin’s April 7 election have been controversial, to say the least. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the supreme courts at both the state and federal levels offered no leniency to voters. It should be noted that both the court and Legislature met and made these decisions virtually because of the dangers the pandemic presents.

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