Bernie Sanders calls for 'delay' in Tuesday's Wisconsin election

Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

MILWAUKEE – Independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders called for Wisconsin to delay its Tuesday election and extend early voting in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Sanders, who will face former Vice President Joe Biden in the state's Democratic presidential primary, issued his statement Wednesday.

"People should not be forced to put their lives on the line to vote, which is why 15 states are now following the advice of public health experts and delaying their elections," Sanders said. "We urge Wisconsin to join them."

Sanders said Wisconsin "should delay Tuesday’s vote, extend early voting and work to move entirely to vote-by-mail. While we wait for a decision, we urge our supporters to vote-by-mail.”

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A federal judge in Madison has scheduled a hearing for later Wednesday about what changes, if any, should be made for the election.

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