"We have correlation, they voted and were at the polls, but we don't have causation", she said.
The "medical emergency" basis in the current law for absentee voting will now include "a reasonable fear of infection or transmission during a state of public health emergency declared by the Governor". Violation of the requirements could have been used in "a civil action for compensatory and punitive damages" as well as resulted in "the automatic suspension" of the health care provider's license "for a period of at least one year". State health secretary Andrea Palm said Monday that they had not shown up, but noted that symptoms may not have surfaced yet.
Difficulties in finding poll workers forced the city to reduce the number of polling locations from almost 200 to just five, and where voters - some in masks, some with no protection - were forced to wait in long lines for hours. Tony Evers, a Democrat, to move in-person voting to June.
Milwaukee officials are still gathering information from about 70% of people who have tested positive since the election and hope to have a full report later this week, city health commissioner Jeanette Kowalik said.
To mitigate expected lower turnout and encourage social distancing, politicians are looking to expand absentee mail-in voting by extending deadlines and sending out mail-in ballots to all registered voters.
The almost unprecedented challenge for election officials hit hardest in Milwaukee, which opened five voting locations out of the typical 180 because of worker shortages, and Green Bay, which offered only two polling locations instead of the usual 31 and had waits of two to three hours.
The drama in Wisconsin offered a preview of what could play out in upcoming primaries - and possibly in the November election - as the health crisis upends voting around the country.
Social Security recipients need to claim $500 check for kids by Wednesday
The IRS said payments would automatically be sent to Supplemental Security Income recipients in early May. They encourage people to focus on the initial April 22 deadline to reach as many people as possible.
In a tweet, the Wisconsin Democratic Party called the new infections "100% avoidable".
A Wolf administration spokeswoman said the state government has taken several steps to support hospitals, creating a $450 million short-term loan program and buying personal protective gear and other equipment for hospitals and nursing facilities. Wisconsin voters who didn't get absentee ballots were forced to choose between voting in person or staying at home to avoid possible exposure to the coronavirus.
"They went from nearly no vote-by-mail to over half vote-by-mail in a couple of weeks", Choate told reporters on a call organized by the National Vote at Home Institute.
More cases could still be linked to the election.
Around the state, polling places were consolidated, voters waited in long lines and officials devised elaborate DIY measures to protect voters and poll workers from contracting the virus.
"This plan is not vote-by-mail, West Coast-style", Adams continued. Voters may also use traditional methods to request an absentee ballot. "I was actually encouraged", Choate said.