The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that Democratic Governor Tony Evers does not have the authority to delay in-person primary voting. The 4-2 ruling — split along ideological lines with 4 conservatives against and 2 liberals for— means the primary will still be held on Tuesday.
Earlier Monday, Governor Evers tweeted his decision suspending in-person voting and postponing the election until June 9, 2020. coronavirus crisis, but the state’s Supreme Court ruled 4-2 against him.
“In the absence of legislative action, today I signed Executive order #74 suspending in-person voting for the April 7 spring election until June 9, 2020,” he tweeted.
The governor himself previously suggested that he did not have authority to move the election, unilaterally. State Republican legislators did not support the proposal to delay the in-person vote.
Leftists have used the coronavirus and the case in Wisconsin as a test case for a national fight over elections. While many other states postponed primaries amid efforts to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, Democrats wanted to test the legal waters and also morph voting into mail only.
Critics note that such a process as ripe for voter fraud and unconstitutional.