Wisconsin Republicans reject governor’s move to postpone Tuesday election

State Sen. Tim Carpenter, left, talks to Senate Clerk Jeff Renk just before the 5-second-long special session on delaying the election Saturday, April 4, 2020, at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis. The Senate — with just two of 33 members present — took no action but left open the option of returning Monday.

MADISON, Wis. – Republicans in Wisconsin stalled a move by Gov. Tony Evers to push back Tuesday’s election, quickly adjourning a special legislative session to deal with voting issues in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

With only a few lawmakers present, the Legislature on Saturday did not take up Evers’ effort to extend the election date to May 19 and convert entirely to mail-in voting.

The election features the Democratic presidential primary between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders.

As the Legislature made its move, the virus remained unabated. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Wisconsin has more than doubled this week, climbing to over 2,000 on Saturday.

Also Saturday, the Republican National Committee and state Republican Party asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block a judge’s ruling that would allow absentee ballots to be counted in the days after Tuesday’s election.

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U.S. District Court Judge William Conley determined Thursday that absentee ballots should be counted if they are received by clerks by April 13 because tens of thousands of voters likely won’t get their absentee ballots until after Tuesday. Voters who requested ballots by the legal deadline deserve to have their votes counted, he ruled.

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