Moving the September Partisan Primary -- Options for Consideration

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Changes requried for compliance with the MOVE Act

The federal 2009 Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act requires all states to distribute an official ballot that contains federal offices, i.e., President, Vice-President, U. S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, to military and overseas voters no less than 45 calendar days prior to a federal election. The current date of the Partisan Primary, combined with the current statutory ballot deadlines, makes it impossible to meet this 45-day requirement. Simply stated, the Wisconsin September Partisan Primary must be moved.

The Government Accountability Board’s staff has met and will continue to meet with local election officials (municipal and county clerks) to gather broad input on viable recommendations for consideration by the Governor and Legislature on possible new Partisan Primary dates. This report sets out the initial thoughts and recommendations of local election officials and G.A.B. staff.