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WATCH LIVE 1:30: Gov. Evers remarks on postponing Tuesday’s election

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The governor will be holding a media call at 1:30. You can watch it above. Below is some information on the order Gov. Evers signed on Monday.

Madison (WQOW) - Governor Evers is pushing back Tuesday's primary by two months, an abrupt move by the governor who previously said he had no plans to do so.

On Monday, Governor Evers signed Executive Order 74 which suspends in-person voting for the April 7 election and moves it to June 9.

The order also calls for the Legislature to meet in a special session on April 7 to address the new election date.

What that means is the June 9 date is not 100% set in stone. The governor and Legislature can decide to select a different date during the special session on Tuesday.

“Today, I signed an executive order suspending in-person voting for tomorrow’s election. Frankly, there’s no good answer to this problem—I wish it were easy. I have been asking everyone 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 us are—to help keep people healthy and safe,” said Gov. Evers. “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 signed this executive order today.”

According to Evers, absentee ballots already cast will remain valid and will be tallied on the new primary date.

In his order, Evers cites COVID-19 exposure potential to voters and election workers, staffing issues and protecting the right to vote, as reasons for his decision.

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