Judge won't delay Wisconsin election but extends voting

Wisconsin Supreme Court rules that governor cannot postpone Tuesday's election

On Thursday, for example, a StateScoop reporter requested an absentee ballot for D.C.'s June 2 primary by filling out a form on a mobile app and signing it digitally with his fingertip - with the ballot itself being mailed to the reporter's residence.

The paper said states should also make it easier in general for voters to get absentee ballots by allowing people to request them online.

In a statement, the GOP said the judge's decision to change the date which absentee ballots can be received without any limit on the postmarked date "effectively changes the date of the election" and needs to be reviewed by the appeals court.

Another issue the state faces in the upcoming election is a shortage of poll workers, who tend to be elderly and therefore considered more vulnerable to dying from the highly-contagious coronavirus. But the state's Democratic governor and Republican-controlled state legislature have not moved to delay the primary and local elections also scheduled for Tuesday.

As such, the 2020 Municipal Super Tuesday Election held on April 21 will continue as planned.


A federal judge is signaling he won't postpone or make any major changes to Wisconsin's spring election to alleviate concerns about voters and poll workers contracting the coronavirus. But Evers and Republican leaders have been committed to Wisconsin's date. On Wednesday, he said for the first time that if he could move the election he would. For more information on the Anchorage election, visit the municipal election website. The Wisconsin Election Commission reported Tuesday that more than 100 municipalities lack enough staff to run even one polling site, and requests for absentee ballots have been setting new records daily.

More than 1.1 million absentee ballots had been requested as of Thursday - surpassing the total turnout in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary - although fewer than half have been returned so far. "In a time where unprecedented public health challenges, as well as sophisticated nation-state actors have the potential to disrupt elections, all stakeholders must work together in new ways to protect our core democratic processes".

State officials have cited the need to conduct the election soon because it will decide thousands of state and local offices, including a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court that could be instrumental in deciding future voting-rights cases.

Worth noting: The Democratic National Convention, which was set to be hosted in July in Milwaukee, was postponed earlier on Thursday until August.

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