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Elections Held on April 7, No Results Before April 13

Issue Date: April 8, 2020

Despite last-ditch efforts by Gov. Tony Evers to change the rules, in-person voting in Wisconsin's Spring Elections and Presidential Primary went on as scheduled on Tuesday, April 7, but results will not be known until at least Monday, April 13.

According to the Wisconsin Elections Commission, all absentee ballots must have been hand-delivered to the proper polling place by 8 p.m. on April 7 or postmarked by April 7 and received by 4 p.m. on April 13 to be counted, according to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

Peshtigo City Clerk Tammy Kasal said she and other clerks know the number of total ballots so far, but will not begin tallying election results until after the 4 p.m. deadline on Monday, which is in accord with a U. S. District Court ruling.

Uncertainty as to whether or not there would be in-person voting on Tuesday, April 7 did not end until late Monday, April 6, when the Wisconsin Supreme Court granted an emergency stay to an executive order issued by Evers that would have postponed in-person voting until June 9 and extended time for submitting absentee ballots to that date as well. The United States Supreme Court ruling reinstated the April 7 deadline for absentee ballot return, but left intact a lower court decision that prohibits reporting results until Monday, April 13.

A news release issued by the Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) at 10 p.m. Monday, April 6 reads: "Wisconsin's Spring Primary and Presidential Primary will occur on Tuesday, April 7, and all absentee ballots must be turned in or postmarked on Election Day as a result of decisions Monday by the Wisconsin Supreme Court and United States Supreme Court.

"The Wisconsin Supreme Court enjoined an executive order by Governor Tony Evers, clearing the way for in-person voting at the polls to occur on Tuesday, April 7," and concluded:

"The United States Supreme Court enjoined an order from the U.S. District Court regarding deadlines and postmarks for absentee ballots. Ballots must be returned to the polling place or the clerk's office by 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, or postmarked by April 7 and received by the clerk by 4 p.m. Monday, April 13."

At 8 p.m. on April 7, Megan Wolfe, WEC Administrator and Chief Election Official, sent an alert to all clerks reminding them that they could not release results that evening and reminding them of the election night procedures memo posted to the WEC website.  The posted guidance includes directions about storing and sorting absentee ballots that were received by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, versus ballots delivered after 8 p.m. and ballots returned by mail until April 13.  "We have been hearing reports from jurisdictions that they are receiving ballots back, through the mail, without postmarks.  We continue to reinforce guidance that anything received by 8 p.m. is to be counted, but municipalities need to keep records and sort ballots that are returned after the deadline.  This will allow ballots to be identified by the date and manner received, especially for ballots without postmarks or with other markings that come through the post office that we may need to discuss at a future meeting prior to April 13," the communication stated.

 All Marinette county polling places appeared well equipped for social distancing and sanitation measures to protect both poll workers and voters, with procedures and layout worked out by each clerk.

According to municipal clerks in several Marinette County polling places, voters came to the polls in reasonable numbers despite concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, and voting by absentee ballot was very high. There were no waits to cast ballots.

That was not the case in other parts of the state, particularly Milwaukee, where the normal 184 voting sites was cut to five, and waits were as long as three and four hours.

In Districts 4 and 5 of the Town of Stephenson there were slightly over 100 ballots cast in person. Crivitz Village Clerk Marilyn Padgett said Village voters had come to the polls in "moderate" numbers. In the City of Peshtigo, with a contest for mayor, there were 249 ballots cast in person and a total of 620 absentee ballots received so far. In the Town of Peshtigo, with some hotly contested local races, Clerk Clarence Coble said there were about 1,200 ballots cast, with over 900 of them by absentee ballots. This compares with a normal total of 900 to 1,000 votes for the town.

Statewide, by official count, there had been 864,750 absentee ballots returned by 7:30 a.m. on election day, and by the time the polls closed at 8 p.m. that number had swollen to 990,129. In 2018, without the coronavirus issues, just under 600,000 of the 2.7 million ballots cast in statewide elections were absentees. There were complaints from voters that they had requested absentee ballots but had not received them.

In addition to the Presidential Preference primary, the major statewide contest was between Justice Daniel Kelly, known as a conservative, and Judge Jill Karofsky, a liberal, for a 10-year term on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Numerous municipal and school board positions were on the ballot along with all 30 County Board seats, and electors had to choose between Michael Perry and Jane Kopish Sequin for the Marinette County Circuit Court Branch 1 Judge position that will be vacated when Judge David Miron retires this summer.

Concern over voting on April 7 was expressed by the WEC in late March, when Wolfe contacted Evers with concerns over coronavirus and need to keep voters and poll workers safe. In a letter dated March 20, Wolfe advised Evers the Commission was requesting assistance in securing sanitation resources for local election officials, assistance with recruiting poll workers, and access to public health officials to create accurate guidance for local election officials.

She wrote, "As of today, local election officials do not have access to the people or supplies needed. This leaves voters, clerks, and poll workers to make difficult choices. Voters should not have to choose between voting or staying healthy. Poll workers should not have to choose between serving their community or staying healthy. Our local election officials should not have to choose between facilitating democracy or staying healthy." She expressed confidence in Wisconsin's ability to find a way to do both, but said they would need critical assistance to find the people and resources needed to be sure citizens would be able to exercise both their right to vote and their right to stay healthy.

At 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 25, Gov. Evers' "Safer at Home order" issued the previous day went into effect and was to remain until 8 a.m. on April 24 or until superseded by another order. That order recommended absentee voting, and said on-line voter registration for the April 7 election was being extended to Monday, March 30.

That was changed later, and on April 2, Judge William Conley of the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin issued an order extending the absentee ballot request deadline from 5 p.m. on Friday, April 3 to 4 p.m. on Monday, April 13.

On April 4, the United States 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, which was granted on April 6 by a vote of 5 to 4, thereby reinstating the postmark and ballot return deadline to April 7, and allowing the election to go forward as planed. Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh voted in favor of the stay, and Associate Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan, and Sonia Sotomayor dissented.

Earlier on Monday, April 6, Gov. Evers had issued an executive order postponing in-person voting in the spring election to June 9. The order also extended the receipt deadline for absentee ballots to June 9. Evers called on the legislature to convene in a special session at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7 "to consider and act upon legislation to set a new in-person voting date for the 2020 spring election." Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, both Republicans, issued a joint statement in which they said they would appeal Evers' order to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Later that day, the Wisconsin State Supreme Court voted 4 to 2 to enjoin Evers' order, which allowed the election to take place as scheduled on Tuesday. Voting in favor of letting the election go forward were Justices Annette Ziegler, Rebecca Bradley, Patience Roggensack and Brian Hagedorn. Justice Rebecca Dallet was opposed. Justice Daniel Kelly recused himself, since he was a candidate who would be affected by outcome of the election.

Also on Friday, April 3, Gov. Evers had announced his plans to postpone the April 7 election and called the state legislature into a special session at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 4 to take up legislation that would eliminate in-person voting and create an all-mail election with a deadline of May 26 to return ballots. That proposal was swiftly rejected by lawmakers.

Evers had previously called for a predominantly mail-in election, but not for the election to be postponed. Republicans previously had rejected Evers' earlier push for ballots to be mailed to every registered voter, whether they requested one or not.

Evers has been criticized by politicians on both sides of the aisle, and by opinion pieces in the New York Times and the Washington Post for his delay in handling the election issues.


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