Frustration abounds as Wisconsin turns out for primary

The governor had tried to postpone the election but GOP lawmakers argued that elections are essential services and the courts agreed.
1:38 | 04/08/20

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full recovery. Ian, thank you. And several presidential primaries have been recovered, but Wisconsin went ahead with voting. Mary Bruce with the story, how much risk was involved? Reporter: In Wisconsin today, thousands waiting for hours, forced to choose between protecting their own health and exercising their right to vote. The frustration clear. I was kind of upset coming out here today. So it's "Stay home, be safe" but then they want us to come and do our civic duty. Reporter: Wisconsin's democratic governor tried to postpone the election. The state's top heath official issued this warning. In person voting would without question accelerate the transmission of covid-19 and increase the number of cases. Reporter: But Republican lawmakers argued elections are essential services. The courts agreed they should not be postponed. And today, president trump urged residents to "Get out and vote now" for a conservative judge on the ballot. But in Milwaukee tonight, there are just five polling sites open, a fraction of the usual 180, making the crowds even bigger and the wait even longer. And of course, absentee ballots will be a huge issue heading into November. The president was just asked about this issue, and he was deeply skeptical, saying without evidence that people, quote, cheat. Calling them, quote, very dangerous. It should be noted that the president himself has voted before by absentee ballot. And we do not know how dangerous this virus will be by a lot of discussion about potential absentee balloting. Mary, thank you.

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