Despite Pandemic One State Still Plans To Hold Their Primary
States are practically shutting down due to this pandemic. Georgia has put through a "Shelter in Place" order which will force residents to stay home for everyone except for essentials workers and many other states are following suit. But despite the efforts of many states to flatten the curve and practice social distancing, there are other states that don't seem to understand the importance namely Wisconsin. Wisconsin is still planning on holding their Primaries come April 7th endangering Americans with this novel virus.
"On March 25, Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers issued a stay-at-home directive to the state's residents, telling them to avoid "unnecessary trips" and limit travel "to essential needs like going to the doctor, grabbing groceries or getting medication."
"The power to postpone the primary lies, technically, with the state legislature. And the state legislature is resistant to changing the date because Tuesday is not just a presidential primary but also one for state and local offices -- and there are concerns that some down-ballot offices will be vacant if the primary is postponed."
And surprisingly holding the primary election is not even that unpopular of an idea as "51% said it should be moved while 44% want the primary to stay on April 7.
It is negligent to even think about holding the primary during this pandemic. It seems they kind of know better too, as they have a stay at home order in place. So it's odd that they would think gathering large masses of people would be the right move. Reports already say that if they were to hold the Primary election they would be understaffed and most people would not even turn, so how could anyone even take their results seriously?