Local clerks release timeline to show moving 2020 presidential primary would be ‘impossible’

Local clerks release timeline to show moving 2020 presidential primary would be ‘impossible’

County clerks in Wisconsin released a timeline Thursday showing why they believe it would be “impossible” to move the date of the 2020 presidential primary as has been discussed by GOP lawmakers.

The timeline sent by Dane County clerk Scott McDonell shows how absentee ballot periods, election coding and testing and registration deadlines would overlap if the presidential primary were moved to March rather than coincide with an April election.

Dane Co clerk @samcdonell says local clerks say it would be “impossible” to move the 2020 election date, which legislative republicans have said they’re considering. #news3 pic.twitter.com/OXq2ve78f9

— Jessica Arp (@news3jessica) November 29, 2018

McDonell’s memo, which was sent to lawmakers, said it would be “not technically possible” because of the overlap of the dates and said that lawmakers would be “hard-pressed to find a county clerk, Republican and Democratic alike, or a nonpartisan municipal clerk, who thinks this is a good policy change, or frankly, even doable.”

Clerks had sent a memo to lawmakers earlier this month calling the move ” extremely unwise .”

Lawmakers have been considering whether to move the primary in order to improve the chances for conservative Supreme Court Justice Dan Kelly to retain the seat he was appointed to by Gov. Scott Walker in 2016.

The primary in 2020 will decide which Democrat will face President Donald Trump, and Democratic turnout is expected to be large.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, said he expected that a session to consider that and other issues could begin as soon as Tuesday .

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