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Wisconsin Election On For April 7, Judge Extends Absentee Voting

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Maayan Silver
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WUWM
A polling place at the Charles Allis Art Museum during Wisconsin's February state and local primary.

Wisconsinites voting absentee have more time to request ballots and cast their votes. U.S. District Judge William Conley ruled that requests for absentee ballots can be made until 5 p.m. on Friday, April 3. The previous deadline was Thursday, April 2.

And, Conley ruled that voters have until 4 p.m. on Monday, April 13 to get their ballots into the hands of local election clerks. That's six days after election day.

Conley’s ruling also allows voters, who are staying at home because of the coronavirus, to not need a witness present to sign their ballot envelope. They're allowed to submit a written statement saying they were unable to obtain a witness certification safely.

Democrats and liberal groups had hoped Judge Conley would force state lawmakers to postpone the election. But the state Democratic Party is saying his ruling is “a victory for voters, for public health, and for democracy itself.”

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