The Democrat also said two
“Hell no,” Evers said when asked if the local election clerks should comply. “You’ve seen what’s going on in
Biden beat Trump by just under 21,000 votes in
Evers said he expected the subpoenas to be fought in court.
“It’s a ridiculous effort to subject our democracy to a new low,” Evers said of attempts by
Evers decried the bills he vetoed as “anti-democratic,” saying they make it more difficult for people to vote — particularly the elderly and those with disabilities. He vetoed the bills in the
One of the bills Evers vetoed would have required most elderly and disabled people who are indefinitely confined — unable to get to the polls on their own — to show photo ID to vote absentee. Such voters would have to apply for a ballot every year, rather than having one sent automatically. And all absentee voters would have had to fill out more paperwork and show their ID every time they vote absentee, rather than just the first time.
Another bill would have blocked the longstanding practice of allowing local election officials to fill in missing information on the envelopes that voters use to return absentee ballots.
Biden's victory over Trump in
A third bill Evers vetoed would have disallowed ballot collection events any earlier than two weeks before an election. It also would have allowed for only one collection site for absentee ballots, located near the local clerk's office. Republican supporters said the goal was to prevent “ballot harvesting” by disallowing events or locations where ballots could be collected.
The proposal was in response to the Democracy in the Park event held in
Another bill Evers vetoed would have made it a felony for an employee of a nursing home or other care facility to coerce an occupant to apply for, or not apply for, an absentee ballot. It would also require the nursing home to provide notice to relatives when special voting deputies planned to be on hand to assist residents with casting their ballots.
Vos, the Assembly GOP speaker, said Evers made “another momentous mistake” by vetoing the bills.
“These bills closed loopholes, standardized procedures, established uniformity, guaranteed only the voter can correct their own ballot and protected votes of seniors in long-term care,” Vos said in a statement. “I am very disappointed