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Bill Would Change State's Fall Primary Date


MADISON, Wis. (WTAQ) - A public hearing will be held Wednesday on a bill to move Wisconsin’s fall partisan primaries back by one month, to the second Tuesday of August.

Assembly Republican Don Pridemore of Hartford proposed the bill, which he says would make several election reforms.

The measure would end the ability to choose one party instead of picking all of its candidates. But Pridemore says it would not end the 30-year-old practice of letting voters register at the polls – something many conservatives say is needed to reduce the risk of voter fraud.

Wisconsin has been under pressure to change its mid-September primary date because of a new federal law that requires troops and other overseas residents to get their absentee ballots within 45 days of a November election.

The state got around the requirement last year by having a longer deadline for overseas ballots to arrive after the elections.