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Elections Chief Inspector Mary Magdalen Moser runs a polling location in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on April 7. Photo: Derek R. Henkle/AFP via Getty Images

Thousands of Wisconsin residents gathered to cast ballots in person on Tuesday in the state's primary election during the height of the coronavirus crisis in the U.S.

Why it matters: More than 300 million Americans in nearly all states are being asked to stay home as the U.S. faces surging death tolls from COVID-19. Without a vaccine, stay-at-home orders and lockdowns to enforce social distancing are among the few ways to slow the spread of the virus.

A line outside Hamilton High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on April 7. Photo: Kamil Krzaczynski/ AFP via Getty Images
A couple checks in behind a plastic barrier to cast ballots at the Kenosha Bible Church gym in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on April 7. Photo: Kamil Krzaczynski/ AFP via Getty Images
A woman casts her ballot at the Hamilton High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on April 7. Photo: Kamil Krzaczynski/ AFP via Getty Images
People wait in line to vote at Hamilton High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on April 7. Photo: Kamil Krzaczynski/ AFP via Getty Images
A woman votes from her car at a drive-up polling place outside the Hamilton High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on April 7. Photo: Kamil Krzaczynski/ AFP via Getty Images
An election observer cleans a voting booth at the Kenosha Bible Church gym in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on April 7. Photo: Kamil Krzaczynski/ AFP via Getty Images
Voters wait in line to enter a polling place at Riverside University High School on April 7. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
An aerial view of voters waiting in line outside Riverside University High School on April 7. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
Voters wait in line outside Riverside University High School on April 7. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
Voters wait in line outside Riverside University High School on April 7. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Go deeper: Wisconsin Supreme Court blocks governor from delaying state's primary

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Updated 26 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Omicron dashboard

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

  1. Health: Transplants rebound from COVID lull — CDC director says COVID-19 messaging should have been clearer — Concerns grow over CDC's isolation guidelines.
  2. Vaccines: Kids' COVID vaccination rates are particularly low in rural America — America's vaccination drive runs out of gas.
  3. Politics: Joint Chiefs chair Gen. Mark Milley tests positive for COVID-19 — Vivek Murthy calls SCOTUS vaccine mandate block "a setback for public health."
  4. States: America struggles to keep schools open — Youngkin ends mandates for masks in schools and COVID vaccinations for state workers.
  5. World: Greece imposes vaccine mandate for people 60 and older — French parliament passes COVID vaccine passport legislation.
  6. Variant tracker

Mayors feel powerless to reduce homelessness

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Recreated from 2021 Menino Survey of Mayors; Chart: Jacque Schrag/Axios

America's mayors know their constituents hold them accountable for homelessness, but many don't feel they have the tools or power to fix things, a brand new survey says.

Why it matters: While homelessness has become more acute during the pandemic, city leaders say they lack the money, staff or political support needed to make a meaningful difference.

Ina Fried, author of Login
3 hours ago - Technology

Microsoft to buy Activision Blizzard

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Microsoft announced Tuesday it plans to acquire video game giant Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion in cash.

Why it matters: The move comes as Activision Blizzard has faced a wave of accusations of workplace harassment.