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.
Evers called a special session of the General Assembly on Friday to address his proposals to delay the election and have it conducted entirely by mail. The House and Senate were gaveled in and out in seconds on Saturday and today (Monday) and stands in recess until Wednesday.
Wisconsin is the only state scheduled to hold a primary election in April that has not postponed it. The state is under a statewide “safer at home” order limiting non-essential activities and travel through April 24.
CD7: Republican challenger Wesley Hunt’s campaign announced he raised $920K during the first quarter, which means he raised around $350K since his pre-primary report.
CD24 open: Democratic runoff candidate Kim Olson’s campaign announced she raised around $370K during the first quarter, slightly ahead of runoff opponent Candace Venezuela, who said she raised around $305K during the quarter. Olson raised around $265K since her pre-primary report, while Valenzuela raised a little under $200K during that time.
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