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Clerks Challenge GOP Plan to Move Presidential Primary

Municipal clerks are saying Republican plans to move Wisconsin’s 2020
presidential primary would be impossible to implement. 

The primary is scheduled
to be part of the state’s spring elections in April of 2020, but Conservative
state Supreme Court Justice Daniel Kelly will also be on that spring ballot.
GOP lawmakers reportedly want to move the presidential primary to March because
they fear a Democratic surge in April would hurt Kelly’s chances. 

Clerks argue
they would have to process absentee ballots for both elections, as well as the
February state primary – which could cause a lot of headaches and confusion.
They would also need poll workers to work an extra election and buy more memory
cards for voting machines. They also point out that multiple elections over
three months would be confusing for voters.