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Wisconsin’s decision to hold its primary is threatening to become a worst-case scenario for elections amid a pandemic

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  1. [5]
    dubteedub
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    Wow, as a last minute update to this story, Governor Evers just issued an order to postpone the election tomorrow until June after the Republican legislature did not take up a vote to switch to...

    Wow, as a last minute update to this story, Governor Evers just issued an order to postpone the election tomorrow until June after the Republican legislature did not take up a vote to switch to mail-in votes. The GOP are now expected to challenge the order in court.

    10 votes
    1. [3]
      dubteedub
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      Wisconsin Republicans have announced they are challenging the order to delay the election in court. Wisconsin Republicans to challenge election delay in state's top court

      Wisconsin Republicans have announced they are challenging the order to delay the election in court.

      “We are immediately challenging this executive order in the Wisconsin State Supreme Court. The clerks of this state should stand ready to proceed with this election. The governor's executive order is clearly an unconstitutional overreach,” wrote Speaker Robin Vos and Leader Scott Fitzgerald.

      4 votes
      1. [2]
        dubteedub
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        Another update, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has sided with Republican lawmakers and blocked postponing the election Wisconsin Supreme Court blocks governor's effort to delay election

        Another update, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has sided with Republican lawmakers and blocked postponing the election

        6 votes
        1. dubteedub
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          Annnd as a final fuck you to democracy and our collective right to vote, the US Supreme Court also passed down a ruling blocking an extension of absentee voting by a 5-4 decision. The lower courts...

          Annnd as a final fuck you to democracy and our collective right to vote, the US Supreme Court also passed down a ruling blocking an extension of absentee voting by a 5-4 decision. The lower courts had allowed an extension of absentee voting to April 13th which has now been halted. All absentee ballots in Wisconsin must now be postmarked on election day tomorrow, April 7.

          Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote a dissent that was joined by fellow liberal justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan stating:

          The Court’s order, I fear, will result in massive disenfranchisement. A voter cannot deliver for postmarking a ballot she has not received. Yet tens of thousands of voters who timely requested ballots are unlikely to receive them by April 7, the Court’s postmark deadline.

          Link to the decision here - https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6826732-19A1016.html

          This entire situation has been a shitshow pushed by Republicans to disenfranchise Americans from voting in order to continue their blatant powergrab in the state.

          Wisconsin needs 1,400 workers to manage the polls tomorrow and only has 400 signed up due to coronavirus fears. This has led to the vast majority of the state's polling locations to close already. This means that tomorrow tens of thousands of voters are going to be waiting in hours long lines in close proximity to each other in order to exercise their right to vote.

          The GOP continue to have blood on their hands and are an existential threat to this country.

          5 votes
    2. SheepWolf
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      I thought this sounded similar to Ohio's situation the night before in-person polling was supposed to happen. The difference it seems though is that Ever's move to postpone is more controversial.

      Evers said he reached out to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican, this morning to seek his guidance on how to go about postponing the election using his executive authority.

      “We talked about how it worked in Ohio and we are in very similar circumstances,” Evers said.

      DeWine’s administration had made a similar move to postpone his state’s primary elections, which was originally scheduled for March 17. Ohio’s top public health official closed physical polling places hours before they were scheduled to open. Unlike Evers' executive order, the move did not formally postpone the election in Ohio, but it eventually led to the Ohio state legislature extending absentee voting in the state through April 28.

      I thought this sounded similar to Ohio's situation the night before in-person polling was supposed to happen. The difference it seems though is that Ever's move to postpone is more controversial.

      3 votes
  2. NaraVara
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    It's like a poll tax, except instead of money you pay for it by damaging your upper respiratory system.

    It's like a poll tax, except instead of money you pay for it by damaging your upper respiratory system.

    8 votes
  3. [2]
    Parliament
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    Can someone explain the gaveling in/out from a procedural standpoint? Are the Republicans able to do this because they control both houses of the legislature and that's it?

    Can someone explain the gaveling in/out from a procedural standpoint? Are the Republicans able to do this because they control both houses of the legislature and that's it?

    4 votes
    1. dubteedub
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      Yes, the Republicans have a slim majority in both houses due to their extreme political gerrymandering New election data highlights the ongoing impact of 2011 GOP redistricting in Wisconsin

      Yes, the Republicans have a slim majority in both houses due to their extreme political gerrymandering

      GOP Gov. Scott Walker lost his bid for re-election by roughly 1 percentage point Nov. 6 to Democrat Tony Evers.

      Yet Walker carried 63 of the state’s 99 state Assembly districts.

      In fact, the data show that 64 of the 99 districts are more Republican than the state as a whole, based on their vote for governor.

      In other words, Republicans enjoy a built-in 64-35 advantage in the partisan makeup of the 99 Assembly districts. In a hypothetical 50-50 election, in which there are equal numbers of Democratic and Republican voters in Wisconsin, no one crosses party lines and independents split down the middle, that translates into a massive 29-seat GOP advantage in the Assembly. That's very close to the 27-seat margin (63-36) that Republicans won last month.

      6 votes
  4. [3]
    moonbathers
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    Evers has been a bit slow to act during this pandemic, which is kind of disappointing but it's better than doing next to nothing (looking at you, Nebraska).

    Evers has been a bit slow to act during this pandemic, which is kind of disappointing but it's better than doing next to nothing (looking at you, Nebraska).

    1 vote
    1. [2]
      seizethegoddamngap
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      There's not much he can do when the Legislature (and especially the Assembly) are/is gerrymandered to shit (Angry-as-fuck Wisconsinite here.)

      There's not much he can do when the Legislature (and especially the Assembly) are/is gerrymandered to shit

      (Angry-as-fuck Wisconsinite here.)

      6 votes
      1. moonbathers
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        I'm a former and hopefully soon-to-be-again Wisconsinite so I feel you. I don't have much hope for the Republicans to lose their stranglehold on the state in the near future though.

        I'm a former and hopefully soon-to-be-again Wisconsinite so I feel you. I don't have much hope for the Republicans to lose their stranglehold on the state in the near future though.

        5 votes