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Wisconsin voters go to the polls despite coronavirus health risks. Here are some photos

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Key Points
  • On Tuesday, voters lined up to cast their votes for Democratic challengers former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected at least 378,289 Americans and killed at least 11,830.
  • Also on the ballt is a state Supreme Court seat that could have implications for the 2020 presidential election. 
Hali Fisher, 24, waits in line to vote at Riverside High School, 1615 E. Locust St. in Milwaukee on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. The Wisconsin primary is moving forward in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic after Gov. Tony Evers sought to shut down Tuesday's election in a historic move Monday that was swiftly rejected by the conservative majority of the Wisconsin Supreme Court by the end of the day.
Mike De Sisti | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | USA Today | Reuters

A day before Wisconsin's scheduled primary election, Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat, issued an executive order to suspend in-person voting in an effort to reduce voters' exposure to coronavirus. 

Later that day the Republican-led legislature challenged that decision and the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down Evers' executive order. In a separate case, the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-4 along ideological lines to reverse a lower court order to extend Wisconsin's deadline for absentee ballots.  

On Tuesday, voters lined up to cast their votes for Democratic challengers former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected at least 378,289 Americans and killed at least 11,830, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Also on the ballot is a state Supreme Court seat that could have implications for the presidential election. 

The state has reduced the number of polling stations and offered drive-by voting options at several locations. Social distancing measures have been enacted to allow voters safe access to the polls. 

As Wisconsin votes, there is growing debate on how to conduct future elections safely in a year that still has several upcoming primaries and the 2020 presidential election.

The following photos show voting in Wisconsin amid the coronavirus outbreak:

Social distancing in play

People wait in line to cast their ballots in a Democratic presidential primary election at the Kenosha Bible Church gym in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on April 7, 2020.
Kamil Krzaczynski | AFP | Getty Images

Protective screens for poll workers

A man checks in to cast his ballot in at a Democratic presidential primary election at the Kenosha Bible Church gym in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on April 7, 2020.
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Polling booths sanitized

An election observer cleans a voting booth during a Democratic presidential primary election at the Kenosha Bible Church gym in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on April 7, 2020.
Kamil Krzaczynski | AFP | Getty Images

Health-care workers hand out masks

Marcia Triggs, a disease intervention specialist with the City of Milwaukee health department, hands out free masks to James Grow and Andrea Allamong while in line to vote at Riverside High School, 1615 E. Locust St. in Milwaukee on Tuesday, April 7, 2020.
Mike De Sisti | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | USAToday | Reuters

Limited polling stations

A woman leaves the Frank P. Zeidler Municipal Building after not being able to cast her ballot at the already closed drop-off site in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on April 6, 2020.
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Outdoor voting booth

A resident casts a ballot outside of Roosevelt Elementary School on April 07, 2020 in Racine, Wisconsin. The polling place was set up to offer drive-up voting where residents voted from their vehicles but it offered the one outdoor voting booth for residents who walked to the polling place.
Scott Olson | Getty Images

Drive-by voting

An election official checks in a resident at a drive-up polling place set up outside of Roosevelt Elementary School on April 07, 2020 in Racine, Wisconsin.
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Voter in car casts her ballot

Residents vote from their vehicles at a drive-up polling place set up outside of Roosevelt Elementary School on April 07, 2020 in Racine, Wisconsin.
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Long lines in Milwaukee 

Michael Singleton and his wife Gladys wait in a line, which continued a few blocks south of the polling location, to vote in the presidential primary election while wearing masks and practicing social distancing to help slow the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at Riverside High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S. April 7, 2020.
Mike de Sisti | USAToday | Reuters

Ballots are submitted

A woman casts her ballot in a Democratic presidential primary election at the Journey Church in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on April 7, 2020.
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Aerial view of voters in line

An aerial view from a drone shows voters waiting in line to enter a polling place at Riverside University High School on April 07, 2020 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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A health worker offers hand sanitizer 

A polling official passes out hand sanitizer to voters entering a polling place at Riverside University High School on April 07, 2020 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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Drive-up polling place in Racine

Residents vote from their vehicles at a drive-up polling place set up outside of Roosevelt Elementary School on April 07, 2020 in Racine, Wisconsin.
Scott Olson | Getty Images

Voters keeping their distance 

People wait in line to vote in a Democratic presidential primary election outside the Hamilton High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on April 7, 2020.
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A woman waits outside a polling station

Voters wait in line to enter a polling place at Riverside University High School on April 07, 2020 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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Elections Chief Inspector Mary Magdalen 

Elections Chief Inspector Mary Magdalen Moser runs a polling location in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in full hazmat gear as the Wisconsin primary kicks off despite the coronavirus pandemics on April 7, 2020.
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Curbside voting

Poll workers take ballots during curbside voting on April 7, 2020 in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Residents in Wisconsin went to the polls a day after the U.S. Supreme Court voted against an extension of the absentee ballot deadline in the state. Because of the coronavirus, the number of polling places was drastically reduced.
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Protective barriers at polling site

People check in to vote at a polling place on April 7, 2020 in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Residents in Wisconsin went to the polls a day after the U.S. Supreme Court voted against an extension of the absentee ballot deadline in the state. Because of the coronavirus, the number of polling places was drastically reduced.
Andy Manis | Getty Images

A voter with a message

Voter Rachel Messenger wears a sign reading "Thank you for risking your life to vote" as she waits in line outside Riverside University High School to cast a ballot during the presidential primary election held amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S. April 7, 2020.
Daniel Acker | Reuters

Correction: An earlier version of this article misstated the contents of Gov. Tony Evers' Monday order. He ordered a suspension of in-person voting. The earlier version also misstated the U.S. Supreme Court's action. It decided to overturn a lower court's decision to extend the deadline for absentee ballots.