Despite consistently saying he lacked the authority to do so, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) issued an executive order postponing tomorrow’s (Tuesday’s) primary election until June 9. Legislative leaders said they would challenge the order. The state supreme court, on a 4-2 party-line vote, blocked Evers’s order, permitting the election to proceed. The majority ruled Evers indeed did not have the authority to postpone the election.
The U.S. Supreme Court, on a 5-4 vote, overturned a lower court decision extending the period for ballots by mail to be returned. Only ballots postmarked by 8 p.m. tomorrow will be counted. A number of the more than 1.2M voters who requested mail-in ballots have not received them yet, so they will have to vote in person.
“The Court’s order requires absentee voters to postmark their ballots by election day … even if they did not receive their ballots by that date. That is a novel requirement,” Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote in her dissent. “The Court’s order, I fear, will result in massive disenfranchisement.”
Nearly a half million absentee ballots had not yet been returned.
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