Wisconsin Is The Only State That Will Still Hold A Primary Election This Month

(FamilyRetirementClub.Com)- Turns out that Wisconsin will move forward with its regularly-scheduled primary election for Tuesday, April 7 after all.
It was a whirlwind of news on Monday. First, Democratic Governor Tony Evers issued an emergency order delaying the primary election until June, only to have his order overturned by the state Supreme Court.
Evers said he called off the election because of the coronavirus pandemic, despite saying just four days earlier that he didn’t have the legal authority to do so. The governor’s order would have pushed back the election to June 9. After issuing his order, but before the Supreme Court’s decision, Evers said:
“It could end up in the Supreme Court yet today, but the bottom line is the people of Wisconsin, they don’t care about the fighting between Democrats and Republicans — they’re scared. I’m standing up for them. I’m standing up for those people who are afraid, and that’s why I’m doing this.”
Immediately after the order was filed, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, the Republican leaders in the state Legislature, said it was unconstitutional and vowed to get it overturned. They filed a petition to have the Supreme Court block the order within two hours of it being issued.
In a joint statement, they said:
“The clerks of this state should stand ready to proceed with the election. The governor’s executive order is clearly an unconstitutional overreach.
“This is another last-minute flip-flop from the governor on the April 7th election. The governor himself has repeatedly acknowledged he can’t move the election. Just last week, a federal judge said he did not have the power to cancel the election and Governor Evers doesn’t either. Governor Evers can’t unilaterally run the state.”
Wisconsin is now the only state that had a primary election scheduled for April that is still holding it as planned. All other states have either moved their primaries or gone to by-mail voting exclusively.
When he issued his executive order, Evers said he was allowed to do so because of a state law that gave the governor powers during emergencies to “issue such orders as he or she deems necessary for the security of persons and property.” He also cited a section of the state constitution that “establishes the purpose of State Government is to insure domestic tranquility and promote the general welfare.”
He said:
“It’s clear we weren’t going to have a legislative solution [to delaying the election], so following science like I always have, it became clear the safety of people was jeopardized and will be jeopardized at the polls. We only have five (polling locations) open in Milwaukee. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that’s not going to work.”
In addition to losing the case for moving Tuesday’s primary election, Evers also lost out on trying to extend absentee voting in Wisconsin for six days after the election will take place. The United States Supreme Court ruled against that move, saying it “fundamentally alters the nature of the election.” In its decision, the Supreme Court wrote:
“The court’s decision … should not be viewed as expressing an opinion on the broader question of whether to hold the election, or whether other reforms or modifications in election procedures in light of COVID-19 are appropriate. That point cannot be stressed enough.”