The Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) has issued the following statement from WCA Executive Director Mark D. O’Connell on the Tuesday, April 7 election:
“In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, our elected state leaders are faced with the difficult decision of whether to postpone the upcoming election or maintain the current April 7 schedule. In recent weeks, WCA has expressed its preference that the election move forward given concerns associated with continuity of county government.
Earlier this week, WCA petitioned a federal court to urge the election be held as scheduled. While there are certainly challenges regarding the April 7, 2020 election, our system of democracy must be maintained.
Regardless of the decision ultimately reached by our state leaders, counties are prepared to hold elections in as safe a manner as possible utilizing all the resources available to counties. We ask the voting public for patience and understanding as we conduct our elections in the midst of the COVID-19 challenge. We encourage people to vote absentee if possible and if voting at the polls, to maintain social distancing with other voters and those working at the polls.”