Election officials: Moving presidential primary costs $6.8m

December 4, 2018

MADISON The state Elections Commission says GOP plans to move Wisconsin's 2020 presidential primary from April to March would cost at least $7 million.

The move is part of a sweeping package of lame-duck legislation Republican lawmakers plan to take up on Tuesday. Moving the primary would create three elections in three months the state primary in February, the presidential primary in March and the state general election in April.

A commission memo estimates a third election would cost between $6.4 million and $6.8 million. That estimate doesn't include all local costs, training costs and software update costs.

The memo warns of plenty of logistical hurdles, including administrating absentee ballots for two elections simultaneously and short deadlines for postelection tasks while prepping for the next contest.

Wisconsin commission certifies election results

MADISON The state Elections Commission has certified the results from the Nov. 6 election.

Democrat Tony Evers defeated Republican Gov. Scott Walker by a little more than a percentage point. Evers collected 1,324,307 votes compared with Walker's 1,295,080 votes.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin defeated Republican challenger Leah Vukmir by nearly 11 percentage points. Baldwin received 1,472,914 votes. Vukmir got 1,184,885.

Democrat Josh Kaul defeated Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel by less than a percentage point, Schimel had contemplated seeking a recount but ultimately decided against it.

Democrat Sarah Godlewski beat Republican Travis Hartwig by a little more than 4 percentage points to win the open state treasurer post.

Democratic Secretary of State Doug LaFollette beat Republican Jay Schroeder by a little more than 5 percentage points.



Associated Press