Gov. Walker Refuses to Call Special Elections - State and Federal Communications

March 27, 2018  •  

Gov. Walker Refuses to Call Special Elections

Wisconsin Republicans plan to call an extraordinary session to amend state election law rather than comply with a court order to hold special elections.

Last week, a judge ordered Gov. Walker to schedule special elections by March 29 to fill two vacant legislative seats.

Current law requires the governor to call a special election for any vacancy occurring prior to May of an election year.

Walker doesn’t believe the law applies in this case, as the vacancies occurred in December; he claims the requirement only applies to vacancies occurring between January and May of an election year.

Democrats argue Walker is refusing to hold the elections because Republicans may lose the seats.

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