FILE – In this Dec. 19, 2019, file photo, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers sits for an interview with The … [+]
Topline: Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issued an executive order Monday moving the state’s primary, which was scheduled to take place on Tuesday, to June 9 after repeated back and forth between GOP state lawmakers over the decision; Wisconsin was slated to become the only one of 11 states with April primaries to hold in-person voting but the election could still go on as planned.
- Evers, a Democrat, had tried earlier to eliminate in-person voting in light of the coronavirus outbreak but had faced pushback from the Republican-controlled state legislature.
- “No Wisconsinite should ever have to choose between exercising their constitutional right to vote and being safe, secure, and healthy,” Evers said.
- One of the complications over the decision was that Wisconsin was set to hold general elections, not just primaries, for offices such as mayors, judges, and county executives on Tuesday as well.
- On March 27, Evers called for the state to mail a ballot to every registered voter, but lawmakers and elected officials said the proposal wasn’t possible.
- The governor’s order will be challenged in court, as even Evers himself has previously argued he lacks the authority to move an election.
Chief critic: “The clerks of this state should stand ready to proceed with the election. The governor’s executive order is clearly an unconstitutional overreach,” state Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, both Republicans, said in a statement announcing they are challenging the governor’s order in court. “The governor himself has repeatedly acknowledged he can’t move the election. Just last week a federal judge said he did not have the power to cancel the election and Governor Evers doesn’t either. Governor Evers can’t unilaterally run the state.”
Big number: 1.2 million. As of Monday, the state had received requests for more than 1.2 million absentee ballots. CNN reports that as of Monday morning, 550,000 ballots had not been mailed in.