Wisconsin State Legislature Called to Special Session to Discuss Possible Changes to April 7 Election

On April 3, 2020, Gov. Tony Evers (D) signed an executive order calling the Wisconsin State Legislature to meet in a special session on April 4, 2020, to discuss possible changes to the April 7, 2020, election. Evers will ask the legislature to consider legislation instituting an all-mail election, in which every voter would receive a ballot by May 19 to be returned by May 26.

Evers’ announcement followed an order from Judge William M. Conley on April 2 extending absentee voting deadlines ahead of Tuesday’s election. Today, Conley ordered officials to withhold the results of the April 7 election until absentee balloting is complete on April 13. The order came at the request of the Wisconsin Elections Commission.

To date, 22 states and one territory have implemented changes to their election dates in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Changes to election dates, procedures, and administration in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, 2020