County Clerks Oppose Plan To Move Supreme Court Election

(Fond du Lac) More Wisconsin counties are opposing a plan to shift the election for State Supreme Court in 2020. Thirty county clerks have now signed on to a statement pushing back against that proposal. Clerks say shifting the election will cost counties a lot of money to run a third election, especially one so close to the usual primary. Republicans have said they do not want the non-partisan vote tied to the state’s presidential primary, but critics say it’s an effort to protect a GOP-leaning seat on the state’s highest court. The statewide cost of a spring election is around $6.8-million, according to the Wisconsin Elections Commission. Adding an extra election in 2020 could cost a similar amount. Fond du Lac County Clerk Lisa Freiberg said she struggles to find election workers and believes it would be hard to get them to work three elections in the spring of 2020. Spokespersons for Walker, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald of Juneau have not said whether the clerk’s concerns would influence their proposal to change the date of the 2020 presidential primary.