‘Allegiance Cannot Be to Party or to Ideology,’ Wisconsin Governor Says

‘Allegiance Cannot Be to Party or to Ideology,’ Wisconsin Governor Says

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‘Allegiance Cannot Be to Party or to Ideology,’ Wisconsin Governor Says

Gov. Tony Evers of Wisconsin announced an order to postpone primary elections in his state, saying in-person voting was unsafe because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Despite the heroic efforts and good work of our local election officials, poll workers and National Guard troops, there’s not a sufficiently safe way to administer in-person voting tomorrow. That’s why earlier today, I signed Executive Order 74 to suspend in-person voting for the spring election until June 9 — or 9th excuse me — and call on the Legislature to convene a special session on April 7 to take up legislation extending the date of the spring election to June 9 or another reasonable date we can all agree on. There is no good answer to this problem. I wish it were easy. I have been asking everybody to do their part to help keep our families, our neighbors and our communities safe. And I had hoped that the Legislature would do its part just as the rest of the state are to help keep people healthy and safe. But as municipalities are consolidating polling locations, and absent legislative or court action, I cannot in good conscience stand by and do nothing. The bottom line is that I have an obligation to keep people safe, and that’s why I saved — I signed this executive order today. There’s no shame in changing course to keep people safe and quite frankly, to save lives. Our allegiance cannot be to party or to ideology. It must be to the people of Wisconsin.

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