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Walker sets special election date after losing court fight

01 April 2018

Gov. Scott Walker and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald's plan to introduce legislation to revise special election regulations in response to the court order requiring Walker to hold two special elections is reprehensible.

A Dane County Judge ruled last Thursday that Walker must call special elections to fill the seats held by former Senator Frank Lasee and former Representative Keith Ripp.

Wisconsin Senate majority leader Scott Fitzgerald said the legislature will not proceed with a bill created to change the law to eliminate the requirement for a special vote. The original ruling would require Walker to set the schedule for the special elections by noon Thursday.

The state Justice Department asked the 2nd District Court of Appeals on Wednesday morning to give Walker until April 6 to call the elections. A judge denied Walker's request, and the governor decided Wednesday not to appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court.

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Judge Reilly ruled against Walker on Wednesday saying elections are never a waste of resources in a representative democracy and that the Governor has an obligation to call a special election. Republicans responded with a bill that prohibits special elections from being held after the spring election in a year with fall legislative elections. The seats will again be on the ballot in November. Walker had refused to order elections to fill their seats. Both are heavily Republican districts that favored President TrumpDonald John TrumpKushner has called Bolton for advice over past year: report Jeb Bush hits Trump: I go home to children "who actually love me" Sanders to visit MS for anniversary of MLK assassination MORE by 18 points and 14 points, respectively, in 2016. The vacant Wisconsin seats were held by Republican Sen.

Walker said in a Thursday radio interview that the special elections would be "meaningless" because whoever wins the June contest will serve for just a few months, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Voters in both districts sued Walker with the help of a group led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Holder is the chair of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, which is affiliated with the National Redistricting Foundation, the group that brought the lawsuit on the matter.

The commission doesn't have an estimate for how much a separate special election in January cost. "Walker and legislative Republicans are so desperate to maintain their grip on power that they are changing laws to silence voters".

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Fitzgerald argued that there would be potential confusion because the special election would overlap with the start of the fall election cycle with nomination papers circulating at the same time.

State Sen. Jennifer Shilling, the chamber's Democratic leader, celebrated the call for elections.

Fitzgerald testified Wednesday that anywhere from 85 to 150 overseas voters, including some in the military, could be disenfranchised if the special elections proceed under the timeline set up in current state law.

"This is a victory for the citizens of Wisconsin who are without representation because of Gov".

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This article has been updated with a statement from Hasenberg.

Walker sets special election date after losing court fight