Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers ordered Tuesday’s Spring Election and Presidential Primary be delayed by more than two months – a move Republican leaders have already vowed to challenge.
On Monday, a day before voting, he signed an Executive Order on Monday to push in-person voting to June 9.
In a statement announcing the move, the Democratic Governor said his action comes after the Republican-led legislature adjourned from the special session he ordered last week without moving the election. On Monday morning, lawmakers gaveled into session and ended it almost immediately afterwards without plans to meet again until Wednesday.
“[A]bsent legislative or court action, I cannot in good conscience stand by and do nothing,” Evers said. “The bottom line is that I have an obligation to keep people safe, and that’s why I signed this executive order today.”
Evers noted the ballots already cast will remain valid and will be tallied with the results of the now-June election are tallied.
“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,” Evers said.