UPDATE: Wisconsin Primary to Go Forward After Supreme Court Blocks Governor’s Order to Delay
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers (D) announced on Monday he would order a postponement of the elections that were scheduled to happen in his state tomorrow, but just hours later and the night before the state is set to start voting, that state’s Supreme Court overruled the governor’s orders to restore the primary election for tomorrow.
BREAKING: Wisconsin Supreme Court blocks Gov. Evers’ executive order suspending all in-person voting for Tuesday’s primary. pic.twitter.com/6av08cbO0u
— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 6, 2020
The governor had sent out a press release earlier on Monday saying all in-person voting for statewide and local elections would be pushed back to June 9. In a statement to Politico, Evers explained that his constituents bombarded him with concerns that in-person voting would lead to widespread breaches in social distancing, which would risk new outbreaks of the coronavirus.
BREAKING: ‘Gov. Evers Suspends In-Person Voting, Calls Legislature into Special Session on April 7 Election’ pic.twitter.com/BsBvF1Lw9g
— Dan Shafer (@DanRShafer) April 6, 2020
“The virus directs us as to what our decision-making is, not human beings, and clearly I am following the science, as I always have,” said Evers. “Given that, I felt that the governor is the one who has to step up and stand for those people that aren’t having their voices heard.”
Molly Beck of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel obtained her own confirmation from Evers, plus she heard that the governor expects the decision to be challenged and eventually reviewed by the Supreme Court.
“I’m standing up for them. I’m standing up for those people who are afraid and that’s why I’m doing this,” he told me.
— Molly Beck (@MollyBeck) April 6, 2020
The news of the delay had come as a sigh of relief among political observers worried that tomorrow’s elections could’ve been a massive safety hazard while the coronavirus is still rapidly spreading nationwide.
Good to hear. Was a dumb idea to endanger so many people waiting in lines https://t.co/z0onFUknl8
— HowardKurtz (@HowardKurtz) April 6, 2020
… after weeks of claiming he didn’t have the authority to do so? WTF dude https://t.co/ysJw8AfdPl
— Fiddler (@cFidd) April 6, 2020
Not sure why it took this long, but glad wiser heads prevailed. https://t.co/mWP4lpXtLL
— GregorydJohnsen (@gregorydjohnsen) April 6, 2020
— Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) April 6, 2020
Note: This post has been updated.
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