Wisconsin Supreme Court enjoins governor’s order postponing the election, allowing voting to continue as scheduled April 7

On April 6, 2020, the Wisconsin State Supreme Court voted 4-2 to enjoin an executive order issued earlier in the day by Governor Tony Evers (D) postponing in-person voting in the spring election, scheduled for April 7, 2020, to June 9, 2020. As a result, in-person voting is expected to take place as scheduled on April 7, 2020. Republican lawmakers filed the lawsuit seeking the injunction.

On April 3, Evers had issued an executive order calling on the legislature to convene in a special session to consider postponing the spring election. The legislature convened on April 4 and adjourned without taking action on the governor’s proposal.

Last week, a federal judge issued an order deadline to return an absentee ballot to 4:00 p.m. Central on April 13, and the deadline to request an absentee ballot to April 3. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed these extensions, a decision which Republicans appealed to the United States Supreme Court for an emergency stay. As of 5:30 p.m. Central, the Supreme Court had yet to rule on the matter.