A judge extended absentee voting to April 13, but has declined to postpone the election.
"As much as the court would prefer that the Wisconsin Legislature and Governor consider the public health ahead of any political considerations, that does not appear in the cards". I even publicly called upon them to act.
Residents who want to skip the line on Election Day and vote early in-person can visit City Hall Friday, April 3 from 8 a.m.to 5 p.m. or Saturday, April 4, from 11 a.m.to 3 p.m. And he effectively removed a Wisconsin rule for absentee voting that requires a witness.
In his ruling, Conley also left open the confusing possibility that he could invalidate the election if it went forward and groups thought voters were disenfranchised. Republicans wrote in support of the commission's position.
State and national leaders from the Republican Party appealed the decision, so some of the details are still subject to change.
Biden said during a livestream that he would leave the decision up to Wisconsin's leaders, after being asked about the state pushing forward with holding its scheduled election despite the DNC's decision to postpone its Milwaukee convention. This new timeline allows voters more time to mail back their ballot so that every vote is counted in Wisconsin's primary.
In a legal brief to the federal court handling the lawsuits, Evers said extending the deadline for getting and returning an absentee ballot, and loosening the witnessing provisions, were an appropriate "middle ground" to protect both health and the right to vote.
Almost 1.2 million absentee ballots had been requested as of Thursday - surpassing the total turnout in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary - although fewer than half have been returned so far. They argued there's no guarantee conditions will improve in a couple of months and postponing the election risks leaving many local offices unfilled for an extended period. But lawmakers dismissed the request, saying it was an impossible task just two weeks before the election. As it became clear that Evers lacked the authority to change election law he asked the Republican-controlled Legislature to mail absentee ballots to all registered voters, a request the GOP rejected. He previously called for the election to move to absentee only, but Friday was the first time he had called for moving the date.
A federal judge has decided not to postpone Wisconsin's presidential primary due to the spread of COVID-19 but will give people more time to file absentee ballots.