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Wisconsin governor delays election, prompts court challenge

BREAKING: Wisconsin's Democratic Gov. Tony Evers issues order delaying Tuesday’s presidential primary election until June because of the coronavirus pandemic; court challenge expected.

4/6/2020 8:54:00 PM

BREAKING: Wisconsin 's Democratic Gov. Tony Evers issues order delaying Tuesday’s presidential primary election until June because of the coronavirus pandemic; court challenge expected.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Monday moved to postpone the state's presidential primary for two months because of the coronavirus pandemic, prompting a court challenge and...

April 6, 2020 GMTFILE - In this Feb. 6, 2020 file photo, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers holds a news conference in Madison, Wis. Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' administration is moving ahead with plans to buy 10,000 ventilators and 1 million protective masks in the fight against the coronavirus. The effort comes after Evers' administration had clashed with Republican lawmakers over whether he needed their permission to make such purchases. (Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File)

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FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2020 file photo, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers holds a news conference in Madison, Wis. Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' administration is moving ahead with plans to buy 10,000 ventilators and 1 million protective masks in the fight against the coronavirus. The effort comes after Evers' administration had clashed with Republican lawmakers over whether he needed their permission to make such purchases. (Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Monday moved to postpone the state’s presidential primary for two months because of the coronavirus pandemic, prompting a court challenge and adding to confusion about whether voters will be able to head to the polls on Tuesday.

The executive order from Evers, a Democrat, would delay in-person voting until June 9. But Republicans almost immediately said they would ask the state Supreme Court to intervene, calling Evers’ decision “an unconstitutional overreach.”The governor himself has questioned whether he has the power to reschedule the election, and the maneuvering left the fate of the election up in the air less than 24 hours before polls were slated to open. Other states that were slated to vote this month have postponed their elections until May or June, but Republicans in Wisconsin have refused to delay.

At the presidential level, Joe Biden already has a commanding delegate lead over Bernie Sanders, and the Wisconsin results aren’t likely to dampen his march to the Democratic nomination. But the tumult in one of the most critical general election battlegrounds underscored the challenge of voting during a pandemic when public health officials are discouraging groups from gathering for virtually any reason to prevent the spread of the virus.

“Frankly, there’s no good answer to this problem — I wish it were easy,” Evers said in a statement. “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.”

Republicans are expected to take their case to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which is controlled 5-2 by conservative justices. One of them is on the ballot Tuesday and has not participated in other election-related legal fights, narrowing the conservative majority to 4-2.

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A separate legal fight over absentee ballots was pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.While several states had scheduled primaries in recent weeks, Wisconsin had been alone in moving ahead with in-person voting in the midst of the pandemic. Evers and Republicans initially agreed that it was imperative for the election to proceed because thousands of local offices are on the ballot Tuesday for terms that begin in two weeks. There is also a state Supreme Court election putting the conservative incumbent against a liberal challenger.

The election “must happen” because of the terms that are ending, said Republican state Rep. Ron Tusler, whotweeted over the weekendthat elections continued during both the War of 1812 and the 1918 flu pandemic.But Democratic state Sen. Jon Erpenbach said Republicans want to suppress turnout, particularly in Democrat-heavy Milwaukee, because that will benefit Republicans and the conservative Supreme Court Justice Dan Kelly, who is seeking a 10-year term.

“Democrats have always been good about getting out the vote on the day of,” Erpenbach said. “If you’re looking at the newspapers, watching TV, you know right now it’s dangerous.”Evers is among the governors who have issued a stay-at-home order and closed all nonessential businesses. Dozens of polling places have been closed.

“Your choice is to go and vote in person and take a chance on contracting COVID-19 or stay home,” Erpenbach said. “What do you think people are going to do?”The state and national Democratic parties, along with a host of other liberal and voter advocacy groups, filed federal lawsuits seeking a delay in the election and other changes. A federal court judge just last week handed Democrats a partial win, allowing for absentee ballots to be counted through April 13, delaying the reporting of election results until then. But the judge, and later a federal appeals court, declined to postpone the election.

Republicans have appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, asking that it not allow absentee ballots to be counted beyond Tuesday. They argue that partial results could be leaked. The court was considering whether to take action.Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Meagan Wolfe warned clerks not to defy the federal court order and release any results before April 13. To reduce the chance of that happening, Wolfe told clerks to minimize access to vote totals and not transmit any until after 4 p.m. on April 13.

As of Monday morning, a record-high 1.2 million absentee ballots had been requested and more than 724,000 had been returned. Democrats fear that if the Supreme Court reverses the judge’s ruling and cuts short the amount of time those ballots can be returned and still counted, thousands of voters will be disenfranchised and not have their votes counted.

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Even if the election proceeds on Tuesday, thousands of poll workers had said they wouldn’t work, leading Milwaukee to reduce its planned number of polling sites from 180 to just five. The National Guard was distributing supplies, including hand sanitizer, to polling sites across the state. In Madison, city workers were erecting plexiglass barriers to protect poll workers, and voters were encouraged to bring their own pens to mark the ballots.

George Dunst, 76, of Madison, is the former attorney for the state elections commission who has volunteered at his local polling site for nearly every election since he retired. But he’s not going on Tuesday amid fears of contracting COVID-19.“No matter what safety precautions you take, there’s going to be exposure,” he said. “Who knows who comes into the polling place?”

___Peoples reported from New York. Associated Press writer Todd Richmond contributed to this report from Madison, Wis. Read more: The Associated Press »

How can states be fully responsible for thier pandemic response (because of “states rights”, but not be able to control their own elections? Can conservatives be anymore transparent in their distain for democracy? The world doesnt suddenly stop just because theres a few people with the coronavirus. Glad the elections are continuing.

Wisconsin better get order lots of body bags if they hold election. Time for the President to shut elections down with his executive order pen. How careless with life are these Republicans that are just in office to make money. The Wisconsin Supreme court overturned the Governor order. Even tho the CDC has said this week will be the 2nd coming of Pearl Harbor, via Covid-19. This is voter suppression by the GOP. Also Lying, Cheating, Rigging, & Stealing to hold onto Power.

Could the media ask Trump if he approves of the Wisconsin election? And could they ask Biden if he is still on the Republican's side? If the press, JoeBiden or realDonaldTrump had either souls or spines they could pressure the Wisconsin Republicans not to kill people tomorrow. Let those who are against waiting to vote should man the polls.

Wow Rona being used to commit MORE election fraud. Dangle that freedom in our faces until the eve of our rights ability. NO WRONG! lemme guess, quid pro quo that we can vote so long as socialist ideas get initiated as part of the deal? Yeah you assholes are getting good at this. At this point, Wisconsin's department of health should be stepping in to back up the Governor full force. GovEvers

Smart move for everyone, thanks for playing it safe in uncertain times. I have family there in Wisconsin! Well done Tony! Everyday I think how Wisconsinites would of suffered under the previous governor. Thank you for protecting us from those GOP monsters. u3Y4BDE Republicans have already said they want the WI Supreme Court to hear the case immediately!

Thank you Governor Evers! I just watched Dr. Duc C. Vuong's informative video about coronavirus on youtube. He is right on and you are right on. Peace and grace to you and your staff during this most difficult time. Bravo, Gov. Tony Evers doing his job to protect the people of Wisconsin! Bravo!!!👏 keidekay Bout god damn time. The spineless fuck.

Democrats didn't want a strong showing by Bernie Sanders in Wisconsin so they stop the vote. JulieZebrak Test run for trump trying to delay federal elections until after a vaccine is released. See we told ya GovEvers had the ability to delay Wisconsin Primary. So sad we had to exert so much effort which is physically harmful to so many people who are just trying to survive through COVID19 Shameful it took so many people dying before a DEM GOV did the corrupt thing

Its a miracle At the last possible second, he did the right thing. RonJohnsonWI Is the chair of the committee that should have been ensuring our government was working to protect American lives against Covud19 & instead chose to investigate Hunter Biden - Denial and dysfunction plagued U.S. government as coronavirus raged!

Finally! He still should have politicized a public threat to EO, but at least he isn't rolling over like a typical beta male Democrat. GOOD!!! Now doubt he will be vilfied by realDonaldTrump tonight, before our tangerine dream espouses the theory he heard that drinking the menstrual blood of a witch can cure Coronavirus.

This makes complete sense, and yet the GOP will try to have a court overturn it. Why? Do we need a bigger body bag count? Putting people in harm's way is irresponsible. Cut it out. It was a decision that needed to be made at least a week ago. Clerks were struggling to find poll workers. The amount of stress this election has caused local government workers is sickening. But the municipalities can still hold Open Books and Board of Reviews.

Thank you GovEvers Haven't seen it that low anywhere yet. It's just Trump's hyperbole. But it might get there if we stay lock up too long. Right now yes, but that won't be legal cone voting in November. Can't do just online voting. Democrats trying to steal the election. DemocRAT collusion w China using CoronavirusOutbreak to unseat trump DemocratsTheEnemyWithin Trump2020Landslide Trump2020NowMoreThanEver

He’s breaking the law. He will be over turned. THANK YOU, GOV. TONY EVERS! One less tragedy for Wisconsin. Good. At some point WI needs to join the grown up, smart states. THANK YOU GovEvers!!! 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 THANK YOU, GovEvers! 👏👏👏 defying Joe Biden Similar to what Ohio did. RevJJackson A governor who values his people over politics, interesting development.

Thank you, GovEvers . This is the only reasonable solution. Below is an image of the ~1200 COVID19 cases in Milwaukee County from yesterday. Polling stations had been reduced to only FIVE - down from 180 - to accommodate a city of 600,000. Voting should not be deadly. RevJJackson I cannot imagine asking voters to risk their lives. Republicans imagined with glee low voter turnout that would benefit them.

I know the Republican majority in the WI legislature have been fighting Governor Events on this. WisconsinPrimary Some good news for a change... PostponeThemAll This is understandable, but unfortunate because it will give BernieSanders another excuse to stay in the race for the TheDemocrats Presidential nomination. This is not good for the Democrats as they need to coalesce around JoeBiden now so they can take on the BoyKing Trump.

Good for you!!! Democracy dies in the dark!! He did the right thing

Wisconsin governor orders delay of Tuesday election to June; court challenge expectedIn the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Wisconsin had planned for in-person voting in its presidential primary Tuesday.

Wisconsin governor orders delay of Tuesday election to JuneMADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Monday issued an executive order to delay the state's presidential primary for two months because of the coronavirus pandemic, a move that will almost certainly prompt a court challenge and inject new uncertainty about whether the election will move forward.Evers Is this a test to see if tRump can put on hold till 2100 the 2020 election?

Wisconsin Governor Suspends In-Person Voting for Tuesday Election Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has delayed in-person voting for Tuesday’s election until June. Under what authority? QueenElizabeth said We will succeed and that....Corona COVID19 COVID

Wisconsin's primary to go forward Tuesday even as coronavirus all but shutters the U.S. Wisconsin ’s Republican-led legislature refused to delay Tuesday's primary election, formally rejecting a call from the state's Democratic governor to halt in-person voting amid the coronavirus pandemic Even in times of crisis, the GOP effort to suppress voting continues. Shameful. May each member of the WIGOPSenate feel the full effects of COVID personally and individually as they put millions of those in Wisconsin in harms way. CAN'T win without voter suppression, GOP.

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