Republicans Look To Change Special Election Law

(Madison) Governor Scott Walker says he’s ready to sign Republican lawmakers’ proposal to clarify special election laws. A Dane County judge this week ordered the governor to schedule special elections Senate District 1 and Assembly District 42. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos announced a plan to meet in extraordinary session to take up a bill to change the timeline for special elections. Walker issued a statement saying, “nomination papers for any special elections called now would circulate around the same time nomination papers circulate for the November elections.” He added that it would be senseless to waste taxpayer money on special elections just weeks before voters go to polls. However, the judge’s order says the elections need to be held as early as May 29th or late as June 12th, several months before the general election.