Feds press Wisconsin lawmakers to pass primary change


MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Federal election officials are pressing Wisconsin legislators to pass a bill that would shift the state’s fall primary from September to August.

The bill would bring the state into compliance with the federal Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act, which mandates that states mail ballots for federal elections to those voters at least 45 days before an election.

The Republican-controlled state Senate passed a bill this summer that shifted the primary from the second Tuesday in September to the second Tuesday in August, but the Assembly has yet to concur.

Paddy McGuire, a deputy director with the Federal Voting Assistance Program, is visiting legislators and Gov. Scott Walker’s staff to tell them the state must move the primary as soon as possible.