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Wisconsin can’t release election returns until April 13

Brad Williams

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We won’t know Wisconsin’s spring election results on Tuesday night, because the election won’t be over yet. 

A federal judge has ruled that no results should be released publicly on the actual election day, April 7th, because absentee voting can continue through the following Monday, April 13th. 

The absentee deadline was set by the courts, to let the balloting go ahead as planned despite the coronavirus. 

On WIZM’s La Crosse Talk, UW-L political science professor Anthony Chergosky predicted the staggered voting will be tough for the national media, trying to cover the presidential primary set for Tuesday.    

Chergosky doesn’t expect much suspense from the presidential balloting, because a recent poll showed Joe Biden with a large lead in Wisconsin over Bernie Sanders.   

Chergosky says a state Supreme Court race could be very tight, and might be settled by the courts if it’s extremely close.    

Justice Daniel Kelly, appointed four years ago, is defending his Supreme Court seat for the first time against Circuit Judge Jill Karofsky.    

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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