In the State Capitol today, the Joint Committee on Finance is holding a hearing and will be voting today on bills that were introduced late Friday afternoon. It is likely the full Assembly will vote on this legislation tomorrow. This kind of fast-tracked process results in sloppy errors and reeks of a partisan power grab.
Contact your State Senator and Assembly Representative today and tell them that a rushed, secretive process does not generate good legislation. Also tell them to vote NO on AB 1071, AB 1072, AB 1070 and AB 1073.
Following is information on these bills.
Urge them to vote NO on AB 1071, which would move the presidential primary to the second Tuesday in March, instead of holding it concurrent with the regular April election. This would result in three elections in three months, with the presidential primary inserted between the regularly scheduled February primary and April election. Such a move would cause voter confusion, increase election official fatigue, waste millions of tax dollars, and possibly have disastrous consequences if a recount is needed between elections.
Urge them to vote NO on AB 1072, AB 1070 and AB 1073
The League of Women Voters supports a healthy system of checks and balances among the three branches of government. All of these bills introduce significant changes in the balance of powers in Wisconsin government. Such changes should not be made in a rushed, secretive manner without ample citizen input. There is no reason to make these changes now other than to disregard the will of the voters who have elected new leadership in the executive branch.
Find your legislator here: http://legis.wisconsin.gov/
You can also reach your legislators by calling the Legislative Hotline. In Madison, dial 266-9960. Toll-free, call 1-800-362-9472.
Thank you in your help to safeguard democracy.