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Wisconsin votes, but results will lag

VOTING in Wisconsin is proceeding despite cold weather, a reduction in polling places and the threat of coronavirus (Rob Crandall photo for Shutterstock).

Voters in Wisconsin weathered cold temperatures, long lines and few polling places in today’s (Tuesday) presidential primary.

The Dairy State’s balloting has been a back-and-forth political battle between Democrats who wanted the election turned into a mail-only process in June and Republicans who insisted that it be held as scheduled.

Long lines marked Tuesday’s voting as the number of places to vote was reduced. In Milwaukee, according to the Associated Press, there were only five locations to vote. That city has a population of nearly 600,000.

Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat, wanted the election postponed because of the coronavirus threat. Republicans countered with concerns about voter fraud and complications with filling some offices.

Although the polls will close at 8 p.m. in Wisconsin (6 p.m. Pacific), no results are expected tonight and perhaps not until Monday. In addition to the presidential primary – which Joe Biden is expected to win over Bernie Sanders according to recent polling – there are many local government offices where the new terms are scheduled to begin on April 20.

Trump fires virus inspector general

The newly-appointed acting inspector general to oversee the $2.2 billion coronavirus rescue fund was fired Tuesday by President Donald Trump.

Glenn Fine was discharged as head of the oversight board. No replacement has been announced. Trump had earlier objected to a report from the oversight office that there was a shortage of coronavirus testing in hospitals.

Trump made no public comment about the move, but Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi called the firing “part of a disturbing pattern of retaliation by the president against independent overseers.”

Coronavirus deaths may be lower

Social distancing is being credited for a new, lower picture of the number of Americans expected to die from the coronavirus.

The original estimate of 100,000 to 240,000 people was based on the assumption that only 50 percent of people would follow the six-feet-away rule, according to Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to CNN.

“In fact,” he said, “it would seem a large majority of the American public are taking the social distancing recommendations to heart” which should result in “much, much, much, much lower” level of fatalities than originally predicted.

Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams put the new estimate of participation in social distancing this week at 90 percent.








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