Election

Federal judge extends absentee voter request deadline to Friday; admonishes officials for not postponing April 7 election

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MADISON - U.S. District Judge William Conley has issued an order to extend the deadline for absentee voting and criticized Wisconsin officials for not doing more to protect voters during the coronavirus pandemic.
The deadline to request an absentee ballot was extended from today at 5 p.m. until tomorrow, April 3, at 5 p.m. Absentee ballots will be counted if they arrive by April 13, six days after election day. State law normally requires absentee ballots to be returned by the time polls close on election day to be counted.
Conley did not postpone the Tuesday, April 7, election, as Democrats and others wanted.
Conley said the power to postpone the election lies with Democratic Gov.Tony Evers and Republicans who control the Legislature, not him. He said they were derelict by not putting off the election.
"The State of Wisconsin’s Legislature and governor are not willing to step up and say there’s a public health crisis and make it absolutely clear that we should not be allowing poll workers and voters to congregate on April 7," Conley said.
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