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UW-O Economists Find Correlation Between In-Person Voting and COVID-19


A new study released by a group of UW-Oshkosh economists says their findings show a correlation between in-person voting and the spread of positive COVID-19 cases two to three weeks after the April 7 primary election. You’ll remember numerous new outlets showing long lines of voters at the polls, due to fewer polling locations. The working paper by UWO economists Chad Cotti, Bryan Engelhardt and Joshua Foster in collaboration with colleagues at Ball State University was posted online with the National Bureau of Economic Research this week. 

The team analyzed county-level data from the state of Wisconsin and said their research confirms the WI Department of Health Services findings that used testing and tracing methods to conclude there were 52 cases of COVID-19 as a direct result of in-person voting. There were over 1,550,000 votes cast in the election, with 1,159,800 cast via absentee ballot, leaving roughly 390,200 votes cast in person at the 2,132 polling locations statewide.  

Comments 2
Walter kroster commented on 19-May-2020 08:12 AM3 out of 5 stars
52/390000 x 100 = 0.0031% of all voting in person "might" have gotten covid from in person voting. This is incredibly low for such a contagious virus.
Anonymous commented on 20-May-2020 01:04 AM3 out of 5 stars
Figures a liberal university would come out with that. Better do all mail voting so the liberals can win. Lord knows their Agenda won’t win them anything.

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