A Dane County judge ordered Scott Walker to schedule special elections for two legislative seats that have remained vacant since the end of last year. Now Walker and fellow Republicans are trying to block the judge’s orders. They are actually calling a special session to change the law to avoid complying.
Seats in the state's 1st Senate District and 42nd Assembly District were vacated in late December when Walker appointed Sen. Frank Lasee, R-De Pere, and Rep. Keith Ripp, R-Lodi, to administrative positions.
Walker has been ordered to hold special elections for these seats by March 29th. But Republicans are talking about calling a special session next month to avoid this.
While there are district offices for the two open seats that are staffed at the Capitol, the plaintiffs have argued constituents in these two districts have no one to represent them on voting on key legislative issues.
The statutory requirement they are looking to change reads: "Any vacancy in the office of state senator or representative to the assembly occurring before the 2nd Tuesday in May in the year in which a regular election is held to fill that seat shall be filled as promptly as possible by special election."
This is unacceptable. Call Governor Walker’s office to let him know how you feel about his denying residents of Wisconsin representation.
Phone: (608) 266-1212
Then contact your state assembly and senate representatives and tell them you do not want them to support this plan.