Wisconsin Dems Block Vote On Primary Date Move

Thursday, October 27th, 2011 at 6:20 am

A plan to move Wisconsin’s fall primary back a month stalled late Tuesday in the state Assembly after Democrats used a procedural move to delay a vote.

The primary is currently held on the second Tuesday in September, about a month and half before the November general election. State election officials worry that’s not enough time to guarantee compliance with federal mandates that require states to get ballots to overseas and military voters ahead of federal elections. The U.S. Justice Department has threatened to sue the state if it doesn’t move to comply.

The Wisconsin Senate passed a bill in June that would move the primary to the second Tuesday in August. The Assembly took up the bill Tuesday night, but tweaked the language. Republicans who control the Assembly were about to vote to send the changes back to the Senate when minority Democrats objected to voting. The procedural move means the earliest Republicans could bring the bill back for a vote is next Tuesday.

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