From the Governor’s office:
MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers today signed Executive Order #73 calling the Legislature to meet in Special Session on Sat., April 4, 2020 at 4 p.m. to take up changes to the upcoming spring election. Gov. Evers is urging the Legislature to take up legislation allowing an all-mail election, to send a ballot to every registered voter who has not already requested one by May 19, and to extend the time for those ballots to be received to May 26. …
The governor previously proposed legislation that had several provisions aimed at making voting easier and more accessible during the public health emergency. A brief summary of that legislation is available here for review. Additionally, Gov. Evers called for the Legislature to act on this issue in a video, available here.
Executive Order #73 is available here.
This comes after a ruling and order by a federal judge to extend the acceptance of absentee ballots and state Republicans announcing their intention to appeal that decision.
As of now, the April 7 spring election is still on as scheduled. That being said, this election will be held in unprecedented conditions and uncertainty.
In the midst of all of the uncertainty, a number of school districts have referendum questions on the ballot. It remains to be seen what the impact of the public health emergency on voter turnout will be and how the economic impact of closing businesses and putting people out of work will impact their willingness to support school referenda. It is safe to say school boards never contemplated these complications when they voted to place these questions before their districts’ voters. (UPDATE: Gov. Evers has called for mailing absentee ballots to all voters.)
From the Wheeler Report: More than 10% (48) of Wisconsin’s 421 public schools are holding a total of 57 referendum questions on April 7. That includes: 27 schools seeking to issue debt, 8 schools seeking to exceed their revenue cap on a recurring basis and 22 schools seeking to exceed their revenue cap on a non-recurring basis. (more…)
With voters set to decide local school board and other nonpartisan local contests, a state Supreme Court race, and cast presidential preference votes, Gov. Evers has decided against postponing Wisconsin’s April 7 election.
However, in an effort to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus through social distancing, state officials are urging Wisconsinites to vote early or cast absentee ballots. Meagan Wolfe, Wisconsin’s chief elections official, encourages individuals to go to myvote.wi.gov to request an absentee ballot online. Registered voters can also mail, email or fax an absentee ballot request to their municipal clerk’s office.
The deadline for registering online is March 18. The deadline for registered voters to request an absentee ballot by mail is April 2. Absentee ballots must be received in a local clerk’s office or at a voter’s polling place by 8 p.m. on Election Day. (more…)
All three of the school referenda on Tuesday’s (2/18) ballot were turned down by voters. The result was a departure from the recent trend of voters approving a majority of school referenda.
Voters in the Edgar and Lakeland Union High School (Minocqua) districts rejected requests to exceed revenue limits for operational purposes. Both requests asked voters to approve exceeding the revenue limits on a recurring basis.
Voters in the River Ridge school district turned down by one vote (331-330) a referendum that asked for approval to borrow money for an outdoor educational facility, including athletic fields and site improvements.
In addition to school board elections, there will be 59 school referenda on the Tuesday, April 2 spring general election ballot in school districts across the state.
The April 2 ballot includes seven referenda to exceed revenue limits on a recurring basis, 26 referenda to exceed revenue limits on a nonrecurring basis and 26 borrowing referenda.
Next Tuesday, Nov. 6, is the Fall General Election. In this month’s tip we will provide information on how to determine who is on your ballot and how to research their positions on the issues.
What’s on the ballot on Tuesday?