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.
I suggest Trump take note, and delay the Presidential Election. Lets see the Lefties come completely unhinged in their hypocritical hatred of Trump on that one.
It is a feckless waffle, but unlike what Evers tried to ram down the Legislature’s throat, it’s a “clean” delay. The provisions of the order are:
Suspend in-person voting for the spring election (though not the May 12 special election in the 7th Congressional District) until June 9, pending Legislative modification
Allow requests for absentee ballots to be honored until 5 pm June 4 (which would mirror existing law if a June 9 date happens)
Count all existing absentee ballots already submitted for the spring election
Require all absentee ballots to be back to the polling place by 8 pm June 9 (again mirroring existing law)
Call the Legislature back into special session tomorrow to consider a new date for in-person voting (and only that)
Allow existing office holders to stay in office until 3 days after certification, and shrink the succeeding term for those offices accordingly
Evers could have worked to do this when Louisiana (under pre-existing authority) postponed their spring primaries (both Presidential and local) from April 4 until June back on March 13, a couple days before their in-person early voting was scheduled to begin.
The governor has already said he has no authority to do this. When does the john doe for misconduct in public office start? call for impeachment?
I expect there to be lots of Open Records requests coming.
Honestly, who cares what he said before.
The only thing that matters is what can be proved in front of the State Supreme Court. If he now thinks that he has the authority, then fine, prove it or not.
Awful. Just awful.
What do I tell the 1000+ people who voted absentee in Village of Kewaskum?
Your governor Evers was “just kidding” about Democracy?
Awful timing. Awful decision.
“ What do I tell the 1000+ people who voted absentee in Village of Kewaskum?”
Do those votes have to be thrown out?
Not sure if it is a “do over” or the clerks have awful burden of protecting sanctity of ballots for 60 days.
My clerk can do it.
Clerks in Milwaukee or Madison…you expect any level of competence on that?
Evers has turned this into a clown car.
He is an awful governor.
Tell them the truth. That is always the best policy. Your clerk probably already has the answer.
“ Clerks in Milwaukee or Madison…you expect any level of competence on that?”
I’d expect the same competence as a clerk in Kewaskum or Waukesha.
Kevin, the clerks have the burden to protect the sanctity of ballots for another 60 days if the order stands.
log the current ballots into police custody as evidence to maintain chain of custody. They can be signed out to the clerk when the counting starts.
The Supreme Court just blocked Evers order.
I urge everyone to get out there and vote. Let’s flood the polls.
I sincerely hope that no one, voters, poll workers, municipal officials, etc. come down with the virus due to this WI SC decision. Should they become ill because of that decision I hope they speak up and be counted, and take that into account come the next election.
Well, I’m working the polls. I’ll let you know if I get sick. But I figure that if people were willing to go to war and die for my right to vote, I can manage a day of rigorous hand washing.
I’m sure people can social distance and responsibly vote. Hopefully there will be enough poll workers to help keep things running smoothly.
I am working polls as well as a ready stand by.
There are far worse things than Covid, like dying without Jesus.
I will live life knowing my eternity rests secure in Christ. If Christ calls me home with this virus, I am fine with that.
But will your wife be ok with that? After all, she wouldn’t let you enter the military.
Or when he brings covid19 home to the kids.
>take that into account come the next election.
The only thing that needs to be taken into account the next election is Ever’s idiocy and two SC judges that need to be removed for incompetence.
If Democracy dies because we cowered in fear, we leave no legacy of freedom and liberty to our kids. I would not want to be around to see them suffer under Evers.
Some things in life are just worth the risk. Some things are more important than an oppressive zero risk set of dictates.
But liberals always fail to understand that.
Honest Kevin, I do thank you for your participation in the democratic process. I agree with very little about what you say but, I respect your right to express your beliefs.
Other than making up all sorts of false claims about subjects you don’t understand and people you don’t know, what risks involving life and limb have you ever taken? But you willing to put your family at risk for political purposes. How courageous of you.
Gee, Le Roi, your description of Kevin is a pretty close description of you.
Except the family part.
And wrong yet again, mar. Keep trying, even a blind pig finds an acorn, eventually.
Every politician puts their family at risk by merely being a leader.
There are constant nut jobs out there that do things because they may dislike a position a politician has taken.
Stop acting like there us no risk to a politician outside the Covid 19 window.
Covid 19 may present slightly added risk, but it is still acceptable risk vs forcing incumbents into office for longer terms by fiat, enduring 2 more months of those awful liberal Supreme Court ads, and seeing 2 good candidates for Wash Co. Executive continue to beat on each other for 2 more months. One of them has to be eliminated from race by vote.
If we suspend or abandon Democracy at first sign of trouble, we are weak and will suffer the oppression of dictatorial liberalism, which will make us China.
Now I know, in your liberal oppression, you love what China has done, however, I am willing to do anything to prevent your communist totalitarian, liberal, fever dreams from becoming reality….including slightly risking Covid 19.
If that is not worth it because Milwaukee and Madison want to be China in their liberal oppressive policy practice, so be it. They are weak and deserve to be ruled by those that believe in America, believe in freedom, believe in the Constitutional foundation of this nation, virus or no virus!
Kevin, some people call the constant nut jobs “political operatives” and that’s their paid job. And some people are volunteers, rewording press releases and presenting them on their blogs.
Could you give a factual example of when your family was put at risk because of your political position?
“There are constant nut jobs out there that do things because they may dislike a position a politician has taken.”
Antifa, James Hodgkinson, John Wiles Booth, Lee Garvey Oswald…jjf calls them political operatives.
I have received threatening mail because of my DQ door sign.
DQ door sign essentially extols God and Country as a good thing. Liberals hate that and get very upset by that.
“ Liberals hate that and get very upset by that.”
Some liberals might. To brand all liberals is very hyperbolic. It would be the same as branding all conservatives as being the same as hateful Cesar Sayoc.
What about a threat to your family directly relating your political position as a local elected official ? You are deflecting again.
I am still in reserve and polling traffic is very light. So I may not be needed.
However, I stand ready to insure Democracy proceeds.
Would it be better if I said “hardcore liberals”? I’ve had liberals praise the DQ door sign,but they stop short of taking their hardcore compatriates to task for their oppressive political correctness…that is the problem with the liberal mindset.
“ Would it be better if I said “hardcore liberals”?”
How about just saying a “few ignorant individuals”?
So you or your family haven’t been threatened because of your elected position?
That describes hardcore liberals.
Notice how our 2 liberal buffoons have been so wrong on this Corona Virus hoax?
Not as many deaths. Not as many hospitalizations. Hospitals are not overflowing. No death panels. The medicine President Trump touted is being accepted by doctors. The medical ships were not really needed. That we were going to have death rates the same Europe and China.
Just like just about every other issue, the liberals are just plain wrong.
Mar, step up, tell us how you’d like it to be, and how many hospitalizations and deaths you desire.
jjf, I know what you are doing and you do a good job following the lefty playbook. But you should try to think for yourself. But you choose to listen and read and watch liberal media and you are just brainwashed.
How many people actually were killed by the virus alone?
Since most people who have died have not had an autopsy done on them, we really don’t the true numbers.
When you answer how many actually were killed by the Corona virus, maybe you will be more enlightened, though I doubt it.
And jjf, we already have an acceptable death rates with other diseases. We have it for cancer, asthma, influenza, cardiac problems, overdoses, genetics, auto accidents, murders and list goes on. How many suicides have happened because the isolation caused people to become depressed. I guess those suicides are fine with you.
You cannot stop death and we cannot kill an economy, though you and your liberal ilk are trying very hard.
Finally, jjf, it said today that about 100 people have died of Corona virus complications.
You think there have been more than 100 deaths in Wisconsin in past month.
I guess you don’t much about those people.
But I guess none of these facts will have an impact on you as you will continue with the talking points your liberal overlords tell you to say. Too bad you don’t have much of an independent thought.
“we already have an acceptable death rates with other diseases”
Really? Acceptable? Not if you are the one that dies. For someone with decades of experience in the medical field you really have some strange positions.
Um, Le Roi, do we shut down the country when the flu season starts?
Do we shut down roads because if people don’t drive, people won’t be killed on the roads.
Do we make the inner cities of large cities go into police states and shelter in place to prevent murders?
Do we put people on mandatory diets to prevent heart disease and obesity?
I realize, Le Roi, logic and intelligence are not your strong suit. And I realize you live on Fantasy Island, so this will escape you.
What are your “acceptable death rates” ? Share some facts, please.
No, we didn’t shut down the roads, but smart folks pushed for and passed a whole bunch of safety standards on vehicles and highway design standards, and DWI. But you knew that, right?
If your death rates are “acceptable” why do we still invest time and money in research to lower them, or eliminate the disease all together?
Do you get your science information from Lysenko?
Le Roi, maybe Mar is on to something. Certainly deciding that someone’s death is within acceptable numbers is an interesting new approach to health care. It would probably reduce costs.
I mean, what the heck? We’ve already got people dying of one thing, why shouldn’t some new people die of another thing?
And it’s been done before – I think I watched some movies about it before. Logan’s Run was one, Soylent Green another.
Exactly. Maybe he could get a job with Mengele.
Missed it by ” ” that much
Phony nEvers Prediction: “based on our models, by April 8… 22,000 positives, 440-1500 deaths.”
EOD April 7 Current: 2,578 positives 92 deaths
Obviously, this pandemic have affected your minds and they starting to shrivel up.
I assume both of you drive. You take a chance driving to your local Whole Foods store.
I assume you don’t eat baby food, so you take a risk of choking on some food.
You go to bed at night knowing there is a risk that your house might catch on fire and you die. And the firefighter goes into your burning house to try and rescue knows he might die trying save your sorry asses.
I assume you take a bath or shower, and you take the risk that might slip and fall.
So, you two useful idiots have decided to certain risks, that if it went wrong, could kill you.
But once again, you have proven wrong and you just make things up.
Mar, clearly you have some insights into risks that have never occurred to the people whose entire education and career have been centered on assessing risks. You must be one of those unrecognized geniuses often found at the end of the bar. And everyone else is an idiot!
So you can’t, or won’t, answer the question?
DMOTP Jiffy forgets: Certainly deciding that someone’s death is within acceptable numbers is an interesting new approach to health care
New? Your ilk has been pushing that line for over a 100 years, with any number being acceptable.
See: Margret Sanger
Uneducated Le Roi, we still put money and time to make many things safer. You can always improve things.
But the government has set minimum standards on items like car, pollution limits and food items. And we dont have to shut down everything to improve safety.
I hope you can understand it but I doubt it.
And you still didn’t answer the question. You afraid? Don’t have an answer? Or just figure out that you were wrong?
Oh, I would like give a years worth of Kevin’s Dilly Bars for an intelligent liberal to step up and have a reasonable conversation. Clearly jjf and certainly not Le Roi are up to the task.
Mar, tell me all about it. Tell me what a “reasonable conversation” looks like.
Me, I prefer the Buster Bar over the Dilly Bar. But I’d take Culver’s or Kopp’s over that.
jjf, it would help that a person would actually read what a person wrote and also have independent thought, something you and Le Roi lack.