Wisconsin voters wait hours at the few open polling stations

Wisconsin Primary
Hudson, Wis., city clerk Becky Eggen displays some of the health alert and social distancing signs Monday, April 6, 2020, that were to be used in Tuesday's election, postponed by the governor... moreHudson, Wis., city clerk Becky Eggen displays some of the health alert and social distancing signs Monday, April 6, 2020, that were to be used in Tuesday's election, postponed by the governor Monday afternoon. Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Monday moved to postpone the state's presidential primary for two months because of the coronavirus pandemic, prompting a court challenge and adding to confusion about whether voters will be able to head to the polls on Tuesday. Glen Stubbe/AP
Hudson, Wis., city clerk Becky Eggen displays some of the health alert and social distancing signs Monday, April 6, 2020, that were to be used in Tuesday's election, postponed by the governor... moreHudson, Wis., city clerk Becky Eggen displays some of the health alert and social distancing signs Monday, April 6, 2020, that were to be used in Tuesday's election, postponed by the governor Monday afternoon. Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Monday moved to postpone the state's presidential primary for two months because of the coronavirus pandemic, prompting a court challenge and adding to confusion about whether voters will be able to head to the polls on Tuesday. Glen Stubbe/AP

By Scott Bauer and Steve Peoples, Associated Press writers

MADISON, Wis. (AP)- Thousands of Wisconsin voters are waiting hours in long lines outside overcrowded polling stations, ignoring federal health recommendations so they can participate in Tuesday’s presidential primary election.

Thousands more are staying home, unwilling to risk their health during a statewide stay-at-home order, but complaining that the absentee ballots they had requested were still missing.

The chaos in Wisconsin underscores the lengths to which the coronavirus outbreak has upended politics as Democrats seek a nominee to take on President Donald Trump this fall.

As the first state to hold a presidential primary contest in three weeks, Wisconsin is a test case for dozens of states struggling to balance public health concerns with voting rights.

©The Associated Press 2020

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