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(NBC News) - Wisconsin gov. suspends in-person voting for Tuesday primary amid coronavirus concerns

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Monday signed an executive order suspending in-person voting for Tuesday's primary amid concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

"I cannot in good conscience stand by and do nothing," Evers said, saying that the election would instead be held on June 9 barring action from the state legislature.

The move comes days after a judge declined to postpone the primary, which Republicans have been fighting to hold Tuesday.


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(NBC News) - U.S. Supreme Court rules against Democrats in Wisconsin, vote will take place Tuesday

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled against Wisconsin Democrats and said all primary-election ballots must be counted by Election Day on Tuesday.

Four dissenting justices said the decision would result in "massive disenfranchisement" of voters who feared a coronavirus infection and did not want to vote in person. The high court decision came after the Wisconsin Supreme Court overruled the state's governor and said the election must take place on Tuesday.

Gov. Tony Evers and other top Democrats had sought to delay in-person voting until June because of the coronavirus, but the GOP had been pushing to open the polls Tuesday as planned.



Because, by golly, those Republicans who only have one presidential candidate on the ballot NEED for this particular primary to move forward....

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(NBC News) - U.S. Supreme Court rules against Democrats in Wisconsin, vote will take place Tuesday

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled against Wisconsin Democrats and said all primary-election ballots must be counted by Election Day on Tuesday.

Four dissenting justices said the decision would result in "massive disenfranchisement" of voters who feared a coronavirus infection and did not want to vote in person. The high court decision came after the Wisconsin Supreme Court overruled the state's governor and said the election must take place on Tuesday.

Gov. Tony Evers and other top Democrats had sought to delay in-person voting until June because of the coronavirus, but the GOP had been pushing to open the polls Tuesday as planned.



Because, by golly, those Republicans who only have one presidential candidate on the ballot NEED for this particular primary to move forward....



I was listening to POTUS on Sirius/XM as I was driving up the road to meet Janet, and this is a state election like Mississippi which is important to Republicans in WS. For one thing, they want to control their Sup. Ct.
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I heard something about that this morning, too, Cooter. Now a bunch of people in Wisconsin are coming out to vote, specifically because they're ticked off at their state Supreme Court. Wow. Lines were horrendous.

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There are usually over 100 polling places in the greater *Madison area, but poll workers refused to come to work, so now there are only five polling places open.


*Oops. Milwaukee

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What can the legal or Constitutional justification be for such a ruling? Is there no flexibility in light of the extraordinary circumstances around the election? There is ample time to postpone. It looks like partisanship at its worst.
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It truly is, Brick. Unfortunately, while the Governor of Wisconsin is a Democrat, both the legislature and Supreme Court are Republican. Since the Republicans were pushing to hold the election today (apparently to push through a Republican Supreme Court Justice), they wouldn't pass legislation to postpone it. The Governor had no choice but to attempt an executive order. But I'll lay odds that the US Supreme Court would claim the reason for knocking down the executive order is that it would have required legislation to change the date. (Of course, if the roles were reversed, they would have never thought about the issue.)

I've been watching the weather there, because we're expecting a line of severe storms to come our way tonight from Wisconsin. Madison, Milwaukee, and Green Bay ALL had periods of severe thunderstorms this afternoon -- and I saw those long lines of people who must have gone scurrying for their cars. I wonder if they waited out the storms to vote.

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I wonder if the people in masks I saw in long lines outside Wisconsin polling booths, taking their lives in their hands to vote, were there because of outrage at being forced to be there, or out of support for the Republicans who forced them to be there.
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It's interesting that the only people who would speak to the media in line were very angry. I hope, hope, hope this backfires on the GOP in a SERIOUS way.

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In Maryland, you can request an absentee ballot, without having to give a reason. I plan to do exactly that this year. In 2018, I had just ended my rehab from the foot ulcer when the election rolled around, but the 15 minute wait in line killed my back, which wasn’t the reason getting rehab.
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Has anyone heard the results of the Wisconsin vote?
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Has anyone heard the results of the Wisconsin vote?



The votes won't be counted until April 13.

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Thanks, Robbie. I won't be searching eagerly for the results until then.
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Has anyone heard the results of the Wisconsin vote?



The votes won't be counted until April 13.



They HAD to hold the election in person so they could delay the tally of the votes??

Colorado, like Washington state, does all voting by mail, and it has gone very well. Damned GOP.
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Hooray for the voters of Wisconsin, who stood out in the cold and thunderstorms to cast their vote!

(WDJT-Milwaukee) - Judge Jill Karofsky declares victory in Wisconsin Supreme Court race

Judge Jill Karofsky has defeated incumbent Justice Daniel Kelly in the race for Wisconsin Supreme Court justice, narrowing the conservative majority on the court to 4-3....

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, this race shaped up to be yet another proxy battle between Republicans and Democrats, with a seat on the state's highest court at stake.

This race pinned current Supreme Court Justice Daniel Kelly, who was appointed by former Gov. Scott Walker in 2016, against Dane County Circuit Court Judge Jill Karofsky.

The race is supposed to be nonpartisan, but it's that in name only, with conservatives backing Kelly and liberals backing Karofsky....

In last week's case on whether or not the election should move forward on April 7, Kelly recused himself on the case but made it clear on social media that he believed in-person voting and the original date of the election should stay in place.

Karofsky disagreed. On social media Monday, April 13, just hours before results were set to be released, Karofsky hinted at what may be to come by calling for contributions to her campaign's legal fund -- a sign that the results could result in legal challenges that could play out in court.


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Liberal challenger defeats conservative incumbent in Wisconsin Supreme Court race

By Amy Gardner and David Weigel
April 13, 2020

A liberal challenger defeated the conservative incumbent for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, a key race at the heart of Democratic accusations that Republicans risked voters’ health and safety by going forward with last week’s elections amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Jill Karofsky beat Daniel Kelly, whom then-Gov. Scott Walker (R) appointed to the state’s high court in 2016. Trump endorsed Kelly and on Election Day urged Wisconsin voters “to get out and vote NOW” for the justice.

With 90 percent of returns counted, Karofsky led Kelly by more than 100,000 votes, about seven percentage points.

The contest prompted a rancorous partisan debate over whether to proceed with in-person voting April 7, which Democrats opposed and Republicans supported. It was also hard-fought because of potential implications in the November presidential election, with a judicial decision about whether to purge the state’s voter rolls hanging in the partisan balance of the court.

Gov. Tony Evers (D), state health officials and local election officials had urged the Republican-led state legislature to postpone the election, but lawmakers refused, citing the risk of confusion and widespread vacancies in thousands of municipal seats on the ballot with terms due to expire in April.

Democrats accused Republicans of trying to take advantage of the likely low turnout resulting from fear of infection and closed polling locations.

The election featured snaking lines in Milwaukee and Green Bay, the result of mass cancellations by poll workers and the closure of polling locations. In Milwaukee, election officials opened just five voting locations, instead of the typical 180.

“Tonight, not just Jill Karofsky but democracy prevailed over a politically cynical strategy to weaponize the coronavirus pandemic as a tool of voter suppression,” said Ben Wikler, chairman of the Wisconsin Democratic Party.

Democrats took Republican lawmakers to court to postpone the election and allow ballots to be mailed after Election Day, but the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the effort. Evers, meanwhile, issued an executive order postponing the election, only to be struck down by the conservative-majority state Supreme Court.

Scott L. Fitzgerald, the Republican majority leader in the Wisconsin Senate, told reporters last year that Kelly would have a “better chance” of winning a new term with lower turnout — a statement that fueled accusations from Democrats as to why Republicans wanted to go forward with last week’s elections.

But heavy mail-in balloting may have upended assumptions about relative advantage; according to statistics issued Monday by the state Elections Commission, nearly 1.1 million Wisconsinites cast ballots that way, nearly as many as total turnout in last year’s Supreme Court race — and more than the total turnout in the court races in each of the previous two years.

Republicans entered the election with a 5-2 majority on the state Supreme Court, meaning that a Democratic victory still leaves liberals in the minority until 2023, the next time a conservative justice will face voters.

But an ongoing legal battle over a voter roll purge raised the stakes of this year’s election, with implications for November. Kelly recused himself, and conservative Justice Brian Hagedorn sided with voting rights groups to halt the purge. That left the court deadlocked 3-3 and gave Democrats a shot at stopping the purge, one of their top priorities ahead of the 2020 election.


Top Democratic strategists said the chaos in Wisconsin highlighted the need for additional voter protections before November’s vote.

“Last week, Republicans did everything they could to prevent Wisconsin voters from participating in the election,” said Marc Elias, a D.C.-based Democratic elections lawyer. “The RNC literally went to the U.S. Supreme Court to try to stop the counting of mailed ballots. If they were willing to do this to win a state supreme court seat, imagine what they will do in November.”

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The RNC showed its hand in the primary. We do have a LOT to fear about their manipulation of the fall elections.

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