Gov. Tony Evers has postponed in-person voting for the Spring election until June to keep the public safe.
The order was overruled by the Wisconsin State Supreme Court Monday evening, hours before polls open.
“Today, I signed an executive order suspending in-person voting for tomorrow’s election. 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,” said Gov. Evers. “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 also directs the Legislature to meet in special session on Tues., April 7, 2020 to address the election date. If the Legislature does not enact legislation to change the new election date, in-person voting will occur on June 9, 2020.
Shortly after Evers announced the order, Speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly Robin Vos and Senate Majority Scott Fitzgerald released a statement saying they would be challenging it in the State Supreme Court.
"This is another last minute flip-flop from the governor on the April 7th election," the statement said.
The Wisconsin Election Commission also sent a message to municipal clerks.
"The Governor just issued an executive order delaying in-person voting for the April 7, 2020 election until June 9. While the Governor has called for moving the election, we can be certain there will be very fast moving litigation. The order is at the link and in the text below.
Therefore, we must continue to making preparation in earnest for tomorrow. If the election is moved to the 9th we will adjust accordingly, but all we can do today is prepare for tomorrow. As additional details come to our attention, we will share them with you.
I know too much has already been asked of you, but we ask you to proceed with your Election Day preparations as we do not know the outcome of any possible litigation and we need to be prepared if the election is held tomorrow."