Illinois voters headed to the polls Tuesday in the midst of a global pandemic, three weeks ahead of Wisconsin’s scheduled presidential primary.
“If it was my call, I would have postponed it,” said Tyrone Harris, an Illinois voter who still showed up to the polls alongside his wife.
“When I was in there, I made sure I stayed back a little bit,” Kelley Harris said.
Voter turnout in Illinois is expected to be lower than average.
In Milwaukee, in-person absentee voting has begun.
And statewide, more than 173,000 ballots have been requested by mail, as of Tuesday evening.
Election officials are urging Wisconsin voters to vote by mail.
Absentee ballots can be requested here.
But some are beginning to question whether Wisconsin’s primary should be postponed.
“Moving the date back of an election isn’t going to kill anybody,” Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele said. “But keeping the date of an election right now might.”
Moving Wisconsin’s primary could be complicated, added to the fact it is a both a presidential primary and general election in some cities.
Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez issued a statement Tuesday, urging states to “protect the health of voters, while protecting the right to vote.”
And Gov. Tony Evers isn’t yet echoing calls to postpone the April 7 election.
“This is about the complexity of our election system,” Evers said. “This is about our democracy, and I know it’s also about health and we will be weighing all those things going forward.”