Four days before the April 7 spring election, the governor of the state of Wisconsin is asking the state legislature to meet in a special session to delay that election until mid-May in response to the coronavirus pandemic and the fear of health safety that has come from it.
He wants the state to approve an all-mail ballot election, which would send ballots by mail to registered voters by May 19, and to have all ballots returned by May 26.
The special session would be Saturday at 4 p.m.
“If, as elected officials, we’re going to expect the people of our state to make sacrifices to keep all of us safe, then, by golly, we better be willing do our part, too. So, today I announced that I am calling the Legislature into a special session to do its part—just as all of us are—to help keep our neighbors, our families, and our communities safe.”
Numerous municipalities have had to drastically cut down their open voting locations due to fears of obtaining COVID-19 leading to much fewer available poll workers. For example, Milwaukee – which normally has 180 voting places – only has five for Tuesday’s election.