Following several challenges in administering its spring presidential primary, Wisconsin held a partisan primary election with greater success in mid-August. This memo provides a review of the state’s electoral infrastructure for both absentee and in-person voting amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
A flurry of action, including a pair of emergency Supreme Court decisions, preceded Wisconsin's April primary. This report examines the logistical challenges and adaptations made by local election officials during the Wisconsin primary. It also details other challenges, including ongoing litigation and proposed legislation, regarding the state’s preparations for elections under pandemic conditions.
Wisconsin Updates and Election News:
10/30/20 - National Guard Mobilization: Governor Tony Evers announced that approximately 400 Citizen Soldiers and Airmen from the Wisconsin National Guard will mobilize to support the Wisconsin Elections Commission and clerks across the state on Election Day.
9/23/20 - Litigation Update: A federal judge in Wisconsin extended its online and mail-in registration deadline from October 14th to October 21st, and extended the ballot receipt deadline to November 9, so long as ballots are postmarked on or before Election Day. Additionally, a previous requirement mandating that individuals must live in the county in which they want to serve as a poll worker, was lifted.