Who Moved WI’s Cheese?

Er, I meant, who moved the WI Primary:

In a reversal, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers announced he wants to postpone his state’s Tuesday election. The Democrat called the state legislature into a special session on Saturday to take up legislation that would avoid in-person voting and create an all-mail election with a deadline of May 26 to return ballots — which was swiftly rejected by Republican leaders in the state.

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

I believe he doesn’t have to work with his legislature to do this, but he does need them to pay for printing absentee ballots for everyone.

“Hundreds of thousands of workers are going to their jobs every day, serving in essential roles in our society,” state House Speaker Robin Vos and state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, both Republicans, said in a statement. “There’s no question that an election is just as important as getting take-out food.

“Our Republic must continue to function, and the many local government positions on the ballot must be filled so that municipalities can swiftly respond to the crisis at hand. We continue to support what Governor Evers has supported for weeks: the election should continue as planned on Tuesday.”


Expect the Republicans to go full-on buggy to block this.


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8 Responses to Who Moved WI’s Cheese?

  1. Dennis Cole says:

    And Drumpf is reportedly FURIOUS at finding out he CAN’T take command over how the States run their elections.


  2. Dennis Cole says:

    And if you really DO believe in conspiracy theories,er, coincidences, then here’s a good one:

    “The Postal Service is in need of urgent help as a direct result of the coronavirus crisis. Based on a number of briefings and warnings this week about a critical fall-off in mail across the country, it has become clear that the Postal Service will not survive the summer without immediate help from Congress and the White House,” House Oversight and Reform Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Government Operations Subcommittee Chair Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) said in a statement.

    The House DID pass a bill that gives them a cash infusion of $25 billion, and forgiveness on their debt with the Treasury Dep’t., but it’s not clear how receptive Moscow Mitch will be when (if?) the Senate ever does reassemble.

    But if the legislation doesn’t pass, then the USPS will go under just a few short months prior to THE most important Election EVER, during a pandemic that is almost certainly going to REQUIRE vote-by-mail in every single state. But I’m sure that thought has never entered Mitch’s mind, and he will totes do the right thing, by focusing solely on his personal Crusade of stacking the federal Courts with the “proper” judges, and ignoring any constructive efforts to help the American voter.

    Just one of those “unlucky alignments of the Stars in the Heavens,” I guess.


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  3. Uhh, UPS and FedEX will NEVER let the USPS go down; they rely on them enormously for ‘Last Mile’ deliveries. Just yesterday I got the bicycle tubes I ordered on line that way. UPS delivered to my local substation, USPS delivered from there. I expect enormous pressure from both them and Big Online over this.


    • tengrain says:

      Yeah, the other thing is that we know that the GOP wants to kill the USPS (unions! does gubmint work well! money not going to private companies!), but the dirty secret is that the Postal Service is one of two industries called out in the Constitution, so they would have to amend that and lotsa luck.

      Oh, the other industry: Bail Bonds.




  4. murpheemac says:

    There’s probably a humorous anecdote to be crafted there, somewhere about the right to bear arms and the right to receive and send junk mail, but I’ll be damned if I can come up with one.


  5. E.A. Blair says:

    I am scheduled to work as an election inspector¹ in the Wisconsin election on Tuesday. Because of a severe shortage of available inspectors, Milwaukee’s 327 voting wards² have been consolidated into five voting centers, and the one I am assigned to will be covering about 70 of those wards; normally my election work only covers a single ward. My reassignment from ward 138 to the voting center reached me Friday evening at about 6:30 PM. Several hours later, I heard about the governor’s call for a weekend session to delay the election and conduct it entirely by mail.

    If the election takes place on Tuesday this means that there will be a larger number of voters coming in to the voting centers, but the city election comission is supplying masks, gloves and sanitizer for the inspectors and has modified the procedures to minimize personal contact with voters. I have yet not learned anything about the possible postponement, but expect to hear from the election comission tomorrow or Monday.

    Voting as usual on the seventh will mean a longer than usual day, since after the polls close we will have to sort the ballots by ward to prepare them for delivery to the collection point. For a single ward, this takes anywhere frim half an hour to an hour, depending on the turnout.

    Of course the Republicans want the election to go on as scheduled in hope that people, expecially Democratic voters, stay home instead of voting against the scumbag conservatives they have lined up to keep their mismanagement of Wisconsin’s Supreme Court going. That is the most important race on the ballot – everything else except the presidential primary vote is for local offices.

    ¹“Election inspector” is Wisconsinite for “poll worker”.
    ²“Voring ward” is Milwaukeean for “precinct”.

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  6. E.A. Blair says:

    Update: According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

    The political action in Madison was brief.

    In the Assembly, the session lasted for 17 seconds. In the Senate, it was even shorter.

    Assembly Speaker Pro Tem Tyler August of Lake Geneva — the only Republican to show up in either house Saturday — refused to talk to reporters after gaveling the session to a close.

    “No, not today. Gotta go,” August told reporters as he hurried out of the Assembly chamber.


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