Empower Wisconsin | March 19, 2020
By M.D. Kittle
MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers is closing down just about everything amid the coronavirus pandemic, but the Democrat apparently won’t postpone next month’s Wisconsin presidential primary election — even as leftwing groups urge him to do so.
Meanwhile, a lawsuit filed by state and national Democrats Wednesday demands Wisconsin jettison its photo ID requirements for voters requesting absentee ballots. That lawsuit, led by Democrat fixer attorney Marc Elias (Remember Sen. Tammy Baldwin’s Veterans Affairs mess?) uses the coronavirus health crisis as cover to erode the state’s strongest election integrity protection.
Evers on Tuesday told reporters that, by golly, folks, it would just be too dang difficult to delay the election because doing so would keep elected offices in limbo.
“How long do we potentially leave offices unfilled because we’re into July or August and we haven’t held a general election?” the governor told reporters on a conference call.
Hmm, delay seemed less important to Evers when he pushed back the general election for the long-vacant 7th Congressional District seat until May. Of course, the Democrat originally wanted to schedule the primary for that election for Dec. 30, with the election on Jan. 27.
Beyond taking the unprecedented step of scheduling the elections on Mondays, Evers’ plan would have put the primary in the middle of holiday seasons, when voters would be less likely to go to the polls.
The governor was forced to retreat when he learned that his schedule would violate federal election law regarding military and overseas voters.
It was all political maneuvering at its worst. Evers, or the liberal activists behind Evers, did not want to put the special congressional election on the April 7 primary; it would have drawn out more conservative voters, potentially offsetting the expected mass of liberal voters turning out for the Dem presidential primary.
He played politics and he got caught.
He’s getting caught again, but this time the stakes are even higher.
As the Journal Sentinel reported, there are growing calls for the state to delay the election. Eight liberal groups, including Votes de la Frontera and the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, sent a letter to Evers urging the April 7 election be postponed.
“Polling places will be unsafe and insecure — for both voters and poll workers — and in violation of the (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s) guidelines and your own general order regarding congregations of people,” the letter admonishes.
Everything else is being canceled or postponed. Why not the April 7 elections. It’s hard to push for voter turnout when you have banned gatherings of 10 or more people.
The lawsuit filed by the Democratic Party of Wisconsin and the Democratic National Committee seeks to get rid of voter ID as well as giving voters extended time to register to vote online, without providing proof of residence.
The state GOP blasted the Democrats’ move, sold as a way to protect voting rights.
“Democrats are trying to hijack a national health crisis to rig an election in their favor. If they cared about accessibility at the polls, they’d join us in urging clerks across Wisconsin to allow early voting immediately, not just those in their communities of support. Instead, they insist on suspending common-sense rules in an effort to further rig the election,” Mark Jefferson, executive director of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, said in a statement.