The Wisconsin Primary is Still Moving Forward as Planned, and We Should be Outraged.

These elections are NOT legitimate.

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As COVID-19 continues to rip through the country and leave chaos in its wake, the state of Wisconsin has determined they will still be moving forward with their primary election on April 7th. While they have extended the mail in ballot option until April 13th, there will still be in person voting on the previously established date.

It is difficult to even begin to put in to words how I feel about this.

The blatant disregard for the safety of the lives of people all across this country still feels like a slap in the face to put it mildly, no matter how often I continue to see it and especially in these unprecedented times. There is absolutely no justifiable reason to have in person voting of any kind in the midst of a public safety risk of the size and scope that we’re currently dealing with. Not only does this put poll workers and voters at risk, it puts everyone from their immediate family members to the grocery store clerks and the healthcare workers in their communities at risk.

While I am fully aware of the fact that it is ultimately the state’s decision to decide, there is no shadow of a doubt in my mind that if the Wisconsin Democratic party, DNC at large, and even Joe Biden himself had advocated for the primary date to be postponed or done exclusively by mail, this would have made a significant difference or at the very least shown that the democratic party is willing to acknowledge what this means for voters, and advocate for their best interests.

Instead, Joe Biden went on television to say:

“A convention having tens of thousands of people in one arena is very different than having people walk into a polling booth with, uh, accurate spacing to six to ten peop- uh, feet apart one at a time going in and having machines scrubbed down.”

Molly Beck, a reporter covering politics and state government for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes on twitter:

“Milwaukee election officials just announced the city will have just five polling locations for Tuesday’s election instead of the 180 they typically do amid a massive poll worker shortage. Up to 50,000 MKE voters are expected to vote, which means 10,000 could show up at each site…meanwhile, state health officials have asked people not to be in contact with more than five people total.”

Five polling locations, with potentially 10,000 people showing up to each site.

The democratic party is no longer a legitimate political organization. This is a death cult.

Anyone who has any sway or power to stop this from happening has a responsibility to step in and do everything they possibly can, otherwise the deaths that will inevitably occur as a result will be on their hands. Joe Biden is putting the lives of his constituents at risk in order to cement his status as the all-but-certain democratic nominee, but almost equally disturbing is the number of people who are willing to look the other way and vote for him anyway.

Forcing a person to chose between their right to vote or potentially their lives and the lives of people around them is perhaps one of the most cruel, brazen acts of voter suppression we have ever seen here in the United States in decades. We are expected to risk it all in order to help cement the nomination of the man who wants to deny universal health coverage in the middle of a pandemic. At nearly every turn, it feels as though I’m being reminded of the extent and the cruelty of the class warfare being waged against us and I’m struggling to keep up. Every empire meets an end, and the fact that this primary is being allowed to continue in this fashion only leaves me with an even deeper feeling that we are rapidly approaching not just the death of the democratic party, but the United States empire as well.

What’s on the verge of happening in Wisconsin is absolutely unforgivable.

Perhaps the one silver lining has been the governor of Wisconsin, who has chosen to call in the state legislators for an emergency session Saturday, April 4th in a last ditch effort to delay the primary election. If this effort fails, the consequences and the implications just simply feel too heavy for me to even be able to think about just yet.

Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at LaurenMartinchek@gmail.com or Twitter @xlauren_mx

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