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President Trump and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin during the coronavirus briefing at the White House on Tuesday.
Milwaukee confirms coronavirus cases after Wisconsin’s elections.
Two weeks after Republicans in Wisconsin’s State Legislature forced the state to hold in-person elections, Milwaukee health officials announced the first cases of voters testing positive for the coronavirus.
Milwaukee officials said that six people who voted in the elections and one poll worker had tested positive for the virus, seeming to validate the warnings of state public health officials who had said that in-person voting in the April 7 elections could put lives at risk.
While Wisconsin Republicans have said that they have no interest in making voting by mail easier for the November general election, Milwaukee aldermen on Tuesday voted unanimously to send ballots to every registered voter in the city — a move that could increase turnout in the predominately Democratic city. It’s likely to be met by legal challenges from Republicans.
In the meantime, Wisconsin is set to hold yet another in-person vote, a May 12 special election to fill a House seat from the part of the state known as Up North. Plans are for polls to open in 20 counties, as they did statewide this month.