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Gov. Evers halts evictions, seeks to make April voting more accessible

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MADISON, WI -- Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers said Friday, with the upcoming spring elections, he's urging the state legislature to approve sending every registered voter an absentee ballot, so they can vote safely in April.

"This isn't a Republican or Democratic issue. This is an issue that faces our democracy. I don't care who gets the credit, I just want to make sure everyone has the chance to cast their ballot," he said.

Gov. Evers added he would like the ballots to be considered valid if they were postmarked the date of the election.

The Democratic governor has also temporarily suspended evictions and foreclosures amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

The order prohibits landlords from evicting tenants for all but one reason.

That exception is if the tenant poses an immediate threat to other people.

Wisconsinites who are able to continue to meet their financial obligations are urged to do so.

"This order is another step that we can take to prioritize the health and safety of Wisconsinites during this public health emergency. Evictions and foreclosures pose a direct and threat to the health and well being of Wisconsinites," said Evers.

Evers stressed the order does not mean you don't have to pay your rent or mortgage.

Reporter Anthony Matt

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