Wisconsin governor orders stop to in-person voting on eve of election

Source: Politico | April 6, 2020 | Natasha Korecki and Zach Montellaro

The state had local elections and the Democratic presidential primary scheduled for Tuesday. Gov. Tony Evers expects a court challenge.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issued a last-minute order halting in-person voting in his state on Tuesday, plunging the Democratic presidential primary and state and local elections into uncertainty amid deep concerns about the spread of coronavirus.

State Republicans immediately announced they would go to the Wisconsin Supreme Court to challenge Evers’ order, which seeks to push voting until June 9.

In an interview, Evers — who had previously maintained that he alone did not have the authority to postpone an election — said that he was acting to reduce exposure to the virus and ease concerns among his constituents about the spread of the pandemic. Evers issued a stay-at-home order last month as part of his administration’s efforts to fight coronavirus.

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Wisconsin was the last remaining state scheduled to hold in-person voting in April for presidential primaries. Every other state had either postponed its primary or shifted to an entirely vote-by-mail election.

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