Blame is being thrown in numerous directions for the fact that voters are risking their health Tuesday to vote in Wisconsin’s presidential primary and local general election.
“We didn’t have to have a crisis here,” sad Jeff Mayers of WisPolitics on WTMJ’s “Wisconsin’s Afternoon News.” He spoke much about the lack of harmony between Democratic Governor Tony Evers and Republican Assembly and Senate leaders who control the majority of the state legislature.
“Had there been more cooperation in Madison, there could have been other procedures in place…folks all over the state are tearing their hair out.”
Mayers spoke of how much of this argument on the two sides involves questions of the effect of the pandemic on voter turnout – and how that number can usually affect who wins.
“Democrats tend to do better when there is higher turnout,” said Mayers.
“These spring elections which always have lower turnout, Republicans tend to do pretty well in those. That’s what Democrats are fearful of, that the confusion, the coronavirus epidemic, the lines, all of these are deterrents to voting. For Democrats, they want more people to vote.”
Mayers warns that what was seen in Wisconsin today may not be the end of it.
“You can’t help but think the possibility of litigation remains once we know the results, especially if there is – God forbid – a recount. All eyes of the nation will be on us.”