According to NPR, Wisconsin will hold its primary election today despite Gov. Tony Evers' executive order to delay in person voting (https://www.npr.org/2020/04/07/828055678/wisconsin-election-held-amid-virus-fears-heres-what-you-need-to-know?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=npr&utm_medium=social&utm_term=nprnews&fbclid=IwAR3GlI7ewafAVxRBWzimz2Q9dWMxq0cHWU0_EvgptuY6AjAIetVwDV5y9JI). While this election holds many implications for state and federal level positions within Wisconsin, in a larger sense it sets an interesting precedent for the rest of election cycle across the nation.
Officials have taken precautions to accommodate for social distancing and are still accepting absentee ballots. Some states have already delayed their primary elections, but if this works we may see other states follow suit. Alaska is the next state to hold elections and they have already determined that they will hold their Democratic primary exclusively via mail.
The choices of these states leave more questions than answers. With almost 60 more elections before November 3rd, will we see states delay elections a second time, will they follow Wisconsin's model, or will they go the route Alaska has chosen? Will there be a significant drop in voter turnout, especially among older voters, and on the flip side will this see an increase in turnout of younger voters? Will alternate voting increase voter fraud? Depending on the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, will officials need to adjust for the November presidential election? Could we see a lengthy delay in the presidential election, leading to an extension in Trump's first term? Only time will tell as we move forward into uncharted territory.
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