Judge denies request to delay call for special election

  • Judge denies request to delay call for special election

Judge denies request to delay call for special election

"And the law right now, in this state and under that statute, and by order of this court, is that this election shall be held as promptly as possible and that it should be ordered by no later than Thursday at noon".

Doing so would clear the path for an extraordinary session of the state legislature scheduled for next Wednesday by GOP leadership.

That would give lawmakers enough time to pass a bill that would change the law regarding special elections in Wisconsin.

Leaders in the Wisconsin Senate said they will still hold a public hearing on the potential change in law Wednesday.

"The Legislature would be adjourned before a special election was held so (candidates would). have to be running for the fall election for a state legislative seat at the same time there would be a special election for a seat that wouldn't get to vote on anything until after the fall election anyway".

The seats were vacated in late December when Walker appointed Sen.

Walker has refused to call special elections to replace Rep. Keith Ripp and Sen.

Niese said that if (Walker) "had called special elections within four days of the seats opening, they could've been lined up with the April 3 special election". "There are legitimate issues with military and overseas voting that need to be addressed".

Lawyers for Walker asked Wisconsin Circuit Court Judge Richard Niess to delay the governor's court order until after the Legislature acts.

A judge last week ordered Walker to schedule the elections by Thursday.

"Why shouldn't we have a state senator?" asked Alvin Meyer, who lives northeast of Green Bay in one of the vacant districts.

"(You're) taking away my rights to have an elected person in place for me to call and talk to about the fact that I don't have an elected person to call and talk to. "It's demoralizing and unethical on your part", Finnerty told the committee.

"Our voices have effectively been silenced", Zimdars said. Luther Olsen, R-Ripon.

They have filed a bill that would prohibit special elections for vacancies that occur 11 months before a general election.

The state's 1st Senate and 42nd Assembly districts have been vacant since December 29, 2017 when former state Sen.

Republicans are rushing a bill through the Legislature that would eliminate requirements that the governor promptly call special elections to fill legislative vacancies.

Walker plans to hold the special elections on June 12 with a primary election on May 15 "unless stopped by a legislative change or by a court", Assistant Attorney General Anthony Rossomanno said Tuesday.

Marc Elias, a Democratic attorney representing voters seeking the special elections, said Walker risked being in contempt of the earlier court order if he decides not to follow should the Legislature change the law next week. In 2002, Walker was elected again in a special election as Milwaukee County Executive, the elected office he held until being elected governor in 2010. The legislature has adjourned for the year, and it is not scheduled to meet again until after November's elections, when new legislators would be chosen anyway.