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US state of Wisconsin forges ahead with vote despite health concerns

AFP
WASHINGTON
NATIONAL Guard members will man some polling stations and voters in more than 100 municipalities will have nowhere to cast their ballots as the US state of Wisconsin holds elections today, Tuesday, despite the coronavirus epidemic.
Wisconsin, like dozens of other US states, is under a stay-at-home order to prevent the spread of the virus, which has caused more than 10,000 deaths across the country. And while 15 US states and one territory delayed presidential primaries because of COVID-19, the midwestern state -- barring a last-minute postponement -- is going ahead with its election on Tuesday despite health concerns and a shortage of poll workers.
Former vice president Joe Biden is favored over Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in the state’s Democratic presidential primary to decide an opponent to face Republican Donald Trump in November.
Sanders, 78, called for the Wisconsin primary to be delayed while Biden, 77, the frontrunner in the Democratic contest, said it was up to local officials to decide.