Appeals court refuses to block extended voting in Wisconsin

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MADISON, Wis.— A federal appeals court has refused to block extended absentee voting deadlines for Wisconsin’s presidential primary.

A number of states have delayed their spring elections as the coronavirus sweeps across the country but Wisconsin leaders have insisted on going forward with Tuesday’s election. U.S. District Judge William Conley on Thursday extended the deadline for voters to file absentee ballots from Election Day to April 13.

Republicans asked the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to stay that order while they pursue an appeal. The court Friday evening refused to grant the stay without explanation.