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Wisconsin Governor wants all registered voters in the state to receive an absentee ballot, delaying the April 7 election amid the coronavirus crisis
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Wisconsin Governor wants all registered voters in the state to receive an absentee ballot, delaying the April 7 election amid the coronavirus crisis

Wisconsin Governor, Tony Evers, said on Friday that he wants all registered voters in the state to receive an absentee ballot and have until May 19 to return the ballots, which would effectively delay Tuesday’s election amid the coronavirus crisis. As a result, Evers signed an executive order on Friday, calling for a special session of the GOP-controlled state Legislature to consider his proposed changes to Tuesday’s election.

The issues encompassed in this election include, the presidential primary between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders and a general election for both municipal officers and the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

In response to this executive order, Wisconsin Assembly Speaker, Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader, Scott Fitzgerald, criticized Governor Evers action.

If the governor had legitimate concerns, we could have come to a bipartisan solution weeks ago. Unfortunately, it’s this type of feckless leadership Wisconsin has come to expect of the governor in the face of this crisis. Instead of remaining strong to ensure our representative democracy continues, he caves under political pressures from national liberal special interest groups. Hundreds of thousands of workers are going to their jobs every day, serving essential roles in our society. There’s no question that an election is just as important as getting take-out food.

This executive order comes days after a federal judge in Wisconsin ruled that he did not have the authority to postpone the April 7 election.