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WI Governor calls Legislature into special session

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MADISON, WI -- Gov. Tony Evers is calling the state legislature into special session on Saturday, asking them to give Wisconsin residents more time to vote.

The state's presidential primary is scheduled for Tuesday.

Evers is asking lawmakers to vote on legislation that would send an absentee ballot to every registered voter who hasn't already requested one by May 19th and to extend the deadline to return them to May 26th.

He said cities have cut the number of polling places, which will force voters to crowd together if they go to the polls.

Evers said he wanted to change the date of the election, but couldn't do it on his own.

"My hands are tied and that's why I spoke to the legislative leaders about this weeks ago. I even publicly called on them to act. They have made it clear they are unwilling to change," said Evers.

The governor said absentee ballots will allow people to stay home and social distance.

More than one million Wisconsinites have already requested an absentee ballot, smashing previous records.

Kristen Vake

Anchor, Reporter

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