Special legislative session for election adjourned until Monday

MADISON, Wis. — State legislators held a special session Saturday afternoon that came to a quick end with a gavel-in and gavel-out.

In a statement from Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald’s Chief of Staff, the session in the Assembly Chambers was to be “promptly adjourned” until Monday, April 6.

State Senators like Tim Carpenter (D – Milwaukee) showed up to Saturday’s special session in person.

“I have yet to talk to a constituent who hasn’t said they didn’t want the election postponed,” Carpenter said.  “They want the election postponed because they don’t want to have to make a choice between the right to vote and the right to be clear of health hazards.”

Carpenter says he’s holding hope Wisconsin can become the 16th state to postpone its primary election.

“I don’t want to make this into a political issue,” he said. “This is an issue of saving lives.”

On Friday, Gov. Tony Evers called the state Legislature to hold a special session to take up changes to the spring election scheduled for Tuesday.

In an emailed response, Evers said he was disappointed with the gavel-in and gavel-out on Saturday, and called lawmakers to find a solution that works.