Judge won’t delay Wisconsin election but extends voting

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MADISON, Wis. – A federal judge has decided not to postpone Wisconsin’s presidential primary but will give people more time to file absentee ballots.

Democrats and liberal groups had asked U.S. District Judge William Conley to postpone in-person voting for Tuesday’s election and extend the deadline for filing absentees.

Conley signaled during a court hearing this week that he was uncomfortable overruling state leaders’ decision to stick with the election date. But he did order Thursday that the deadline for counting absentees be extended by nearly a week to April 13.

The state and national Republican parties have since filed an appeal challenging the ruling.

Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway released a statement Thursday night on the decision.

“I am pleased that Judge Conley has extended the timeline for Wisconsin Clerks to receive absentee ballots, and allowed our Clerks to count absentee ballots that do not have witness signatures,” Rhodes-Conway said. “This will allow us to count hundreds if not thousands of ballots that were held up in the mail, and helps people who are staying home alone to be able to vote safely. I encourage everyone to request an absentee ballot by 5:00 pm tomorrow. While these changes help, I’ll continue to urge the State health officials to postpone the in-person election to a date when the Safer at Home order is no longer in effect.”

The City of Madison released an interactive map Wednesday to help voters find their polling locations.