UPDATED: WI Supreme Court overturns Evers' order, election set back to April 7
In a 4-2 ruling, the Wisconsin Supreme Court blocked Gov. Tony Evers' executive order, returning the primary election to its original date on Tuesday, April 7.
After days of debate and national scrutiny, Evers originally signed his executive order on Monday suspending in-person voting on April 7 and moving the election date to June 9, 2020.
"Today, I signed an executive order suspending in-person voting for tomorrow's election," wrote Gov. Evers, in the original release. "Frankly, there's no good answer to this problem – I wish it were easy. 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. But as municipalities are consolidating polling locations, and absent legislative or court action, I cannot in good conscience stand by and do nothing. The bottom line is that I have an obligation to keep people safe, and that's why I signed this executive order today."
The order noted all ballots already cast would remain valid and tallied with the new election date. The order also directed the Legislature to meet in a special session on Tuesday, April 7, to discuss the election date. If legislation is not enacted to change the election date, in-person voting will take place on June 9, 2020.
However, Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald announced shortly after Evers' order that they would challenge the executive order in the Wisconsin Supreme Court – which, early Monday night, decided in their favor.
Here is the original press release from Gov. Evers on the election changes. To read the entire now-blocked order, click here:
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