There’s a lot of confusion around Wisconsin’s spring election. Here’s what you need to know about voting

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MADISON, Wis. — There have been a lot of changes affecting Wisconsin’s spring election over the past week.

Monday afternoon, Gov. Tony Evers issued an executive order calling for in-person voting to be suspended until June 9. Soon after, Republican leaders asked the courts to block Gov. Evers’ order.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court later ruled that the spring election would continue as originally scheduled.

While the election is going on as scheduled, voters shouldn’t expect to see results until April 13.

On April 2, U.S. District Judge William Conley ordered that the deadline for absentee voting be extended until April 13. In addition to the extension, Judge Conley ordered that election results be withheld until the same date.

Monday night, shortly after the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled against Gov. Evers’ executive order, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that absentee voting could not be extended until April 13.

However, the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling did not overturn Judge Conley’s order to withhold election results until that date.

According to the Wisconsin Elections Commission, the rulings mean that all absentee ballots must be postmarked on Election Day and received by 4 p.m. on April 13 to be counted.

MyVote Wisconsin said hand-delivered ballots or ballots without a postmark must be returned to the voter’s polling place by 8 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.

All voters who intend to vote in-person on Election Day are required to present an acceptable photo ID to vote. A list of acceptable forms can be found here.

Due to the consolidation of polling places throughout the state, some voters’ polling places may have changed. To find your correct polling place to vote in-person, click here.

There are multiple local and statewide elections taking place on Election Day in addition to the presidential primaries. To find out what elections will be on your ballot, click here. The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin’s candidate information page is available here.

According to the CDC, people should wear masks while in public to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Other CDC safety precautions can be found here.

For more election news, click here.

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