Sweeping federal lawsuit seeks election changes in Wisconsin

Posted at 11:16 AM, May 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-18 12:20:02-04

MADISON, Wis. — Advocates for people with disabilities and minority voters in Wisconsin have filed a sweeping federal lawsuit seeking changes to ensure the August primary and November presidential election can be held safely amid the coronavirus pandemic.

They're asking a judge to order that more poll workers be hired and every voter in the state receive an absentee ballot, among other changes.

Wisconsin has been at the center of the fight over elections after it proceeded with the April 7 presidential primary even as other states delayed voting.

The lawsuit argues that not enough has been done since then to ensure that the upcoming elections can be conducted safely and fairly.

A Wisconsin Elections Commission spokesman declined to comment.

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