Gov. Tony Evers on Monday postponed Tuesday’s statewide election until June 9 after Republicans who control the Legislature declined to take any action to eliminate in-person voting amid the COVID-19 crisis.
Just minutes after Evers issued the order, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, issued a joint statement indicating they will challenge the directive in Wisconsin State Supreme Court, while also calling on municipal clerks to plan to proceed with the Tuesday election.
The governor’s 11th-hour decision via executive order will also allow local officeholders to remain in their posts until successors have been elected.
So does Evers have the authority to do this or not? As of last Friday, he said it was the legislature’s prerogative. That’s why Evers called the special session. Now it’s his call? If so, then why didn’t he do this last week? Or the week before? Or back on March 12th when his emergency powers started?
Evers’ feckless behavior and disregard for our civil rights is unconscionable.