UPDATE: Wisconsin’s primary date to change to August
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A bill that would change Wisconsin’s fall primary date from September to August has cleared state Assembly following a procedural move that blocked its passage last week.
Republicans who control the Assembly gave preliminary approval of the bill last week, but Democrats blocked its final clearance until Tuesday.
It passed on a bipartisan 67-28 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 bill moves the primary to the second Tuesday in August.
It now heads to Gov. Scott Walker for his consideration.