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Wisconsin court blocks Gov. Evers' move to delay election

NOW: Wisconsin court blocks Gov. Evers’ move to delay election


Updated: 5:14 p.m. on April 6, 2020 

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's presidential primary election will proceed Tuesday under an order from the state Supreme Court that came just hours after Democratic Gov. Tony Evers tried to postpone voting as part of a last-ditch effort amid growing fears over the coronavirus.

The court ruled 4-2 on Monday that Evers lacked the authority to move the election on his own.

The Wisconsin election is being viewed as a national test case in a broader fight over voter access in the age of the coronavirus with major implications for the presidential primary contests ahead and, possibly, the November general election. 

Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) released the following statement:

“We agree with the state Supreme Court’s ruling that affirms the separation of powers spelled out in our Constitution. The state’s highest court has spoken: the governor can’t unilaterally move the date of the election.

“We are proud that Wisconsinites have come together to meet the challenges that this pandemic has created. The safety and health of our citizens have always been our highest concern; that’s why we advocated for everyone to vote absentee. Wisconsin has responded in droves. Over a million ballots have been requested for tomorrow’s election. We continue to believe that citizens should be able to exercise their right to vote at the polls on Election Day, should they choose to do so.

“We want to thank the hardworking clerks around the state who have been working around the clock to ensure a safe and fair election. We also appreciate the assistance of the National Guard members who have been activated to play an important support role.

“This election will proceed as planned.”


Published: 12:49 p.m. on April 6, 2020 

MADISON, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Gov. Tony Evers has issued an executive order suspending in-person voting for Tuesday's election, moving it to June 9.

The order also calls the Legislature into Special Session Tuesday, April 7, to address the election date.

“Today, I signed an executive order suspending in-person voting for tomorrow’s election. Frankly, there’s no good answer to this problem—I wish it were easy. I have been asking everyone to do their part to help keep our families, our neighbors, and our communities safe, and I had hoped that the Legislature would do its part—just as the rest of us are—to help keep people healthy and safe,” said Gov. Evers. “But as municipalities are consolidating polling locations, and absent legislative or court action, I cannot in good conscience stand by and do nothing. The bottom line is that I have an obligation to keep people safe, and that’s why I signed this executive order today.”

All ballots already cast in the 2020 Spring election will remain valid and will be tallied in conjunction with the new in-person voting date.

Read the order here:

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TJ 60 days ago
I have always voted Republican in the past, voted for trump, voted for Walker many times. But having an election tomorrow is just not very smart, has made me re think some things, I guess the Republicans in Madison dont think they cant win without trying to suppress some votes by having the election tomorrow, they know many people wont go to the polls, I am not going to vote tomorrow, have never missed a election in the past, but in November I will be voting democrat
Paula 60 days ago
Thank goodness justice has prevailed! Ever's was bowing to Sanders and Holder on this one.
Kevin Paula 59 days ago
and now poll workers and voters are at risk -- nice job Vos and Fitzgerald ... pat yourselves on the back. If I was a poll worker or voter and I caught Covid-19 I would sue Vos and Fitzgerald and the State Supreme Court -- way to go morons
James 60 days ago
Every other state that had an election scheduled this week moved them back. It just makes sense.....unless it benefits your cause to have less people vote.
goodorbad 60 days ago
Still going to my "essential" job. People are out & about. Seen 3 groups of hog riders yesterday-not out doing essential business-just riding. People out walking the dogs. Kids playing long-distance catch. Drive thrus full. Shoppers must be out-parking lots had lots of cars. Some kids are out stealing cars. Shootings and robberies are still going on. We can vote. This is a power play to screw an election.
Kevin goodorbad 60 days ago
Not sure that your observations while driving around should be the basis for policy - i think its more about poll workers and their safety; and with much fewer polling places and poll workers one might think the lines will put voters at risk. Safety and saving lives right? Lol. Then again Republicans always do better when turnout is lower - there are decades of data to back this up - but im sure politics had nothing to do with Vos and Fitzgerald's inaction or the 4 nitwits on the Supreme Court's decision - right? why else would government officials put poll workers and voters safety at risk? Lol.
Ruth 60 days ago
He doesn't have the authority. State Supreme Court needs to act today to slap him down.
Kevin Ruth 59 days ago
yes the State Supreme Court would rather put lives at risk to keep turnout down - the ONLY state to hold an election this month ... Vos and Fitzgerald and the Supreme Court should be held accountable when people die
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