Milwaukee, WI – Today, Senator Chris Larson offered his reaction to Governor Tony Evers’ call for a special session of the State Legislature to address delaying the April 7th election due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Governor Tony Evers has called for a special session to delay the April 7th election. I agree that moving the election makes sense due to the continued threat of COVID-19 to our neighbors.
“Due to the delayed response from Trump and his administration in getting needed testing, medical equipment, and clear, medically-sound direction from the federal level, we are now on track toward a prolonged health care and economic crisis.
“I introduced seven pieces of legislation to ensure safety in the upcoming election, including mailing all registered voters a ballot, adjusting the postmark requirement, and more. I will continue to persuade my colleagues of the merits of each of them, and I hope we can get them passed to ensure a safe, sound election.
“It will be up to the leaders of the majority party in the legislature to decide whether to heed the governor’s call to keep our neighbors safe or jeopardize their health and the integrity of the election. For the sake of public safety, I hope we convene tomorrow to adjust the date of the spring election and dates that newly elected officials are seated.”