|April 7, 2020: Wisconsin Supreme Court enjoins Gov. Tony Evers’ executive order to postpone the election until June 9. The Democratic National Committee announced it was spending $22 million on YouTube ads in the general election.
Ballotpedia is monitoring changes made to election dates and procedures in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Here are the presidential primary updates you need to know:
- Wisconsin: In-person voting is taking place today. On Monday, the Wisconsin Supreme Court enjoined Gov. Tony Evers’ executive order postponing in-person voting until June 9. The U.S. Supreme Court also stayed a district court order that had extended the absentee voting deadline. Absentee ballots must be postmarked by April 7.
Notable Quote of the Day
“One timeline in play is how long it will take before infections subside. Another is the political calendar. The two are entwined. In this new era of social distancing, Trump can’t hold rallies as a way to mobilize his base and diminish his rivals. But he’s embraced the bully pulpit, and in his hands—and at this jarring moment in the nation’s history—it’s potentially more valuable than routine campaigning.”
– Peter Nicholas, The Atlantic
- Joe Biden spoke to Donald Trump on Monday about the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic during a phone call. His campaign said in a statement, “Biden shared several suggestions for actions the Administration can take now to address the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and expressed his appreciation for the spirit of the American people in meeting the challenges facing the nation.”
- Rep. John Lewis (Ga.) endorsed Biden on Tuesday. Potential vice presidential pick, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, also appeared on Biden’s podcast on Monday.
- Bernie Sanders criticized the Wisconsin Supreme Court for blocking Gov. Tony Evers’ order to postpone in-person voting in the state until June 9. He said his campaign would not conduct traditional GOTV activities in Wisconsin due to public health concerns. “Let’s be clear: holding this election amid the coronavirus outbreak is dangerous, disregards the guidance of public health experts, and may very well prove deadly,” he said in a statement.
- CNN profiled Donald Trump’s campaign strategy, including rapid response teams, streaming content targeting different demographic groups, and the use of White House press briefings.
- During the briefing on Monday, Trump discussed the Paycheck Protection Program and said 3M would produce 166,000 face masks for frontline healthcare workers.
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Flashback: April 7, 2016
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani announced that he planned to vote for Donald Trump in the New York state primary but would not formally endorse him.