Sen. Howard Marklein’s Statement on Special Election Reform
MADISON – State Senator Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) offered the following statement on the Senate’s decision to abandon making changes to special election laws this session:
“I support the Senate’s decision to abandon the current effort to make changes to special elections laws this session,” Marklein said. “I shared my concerns early on with the Senate Majority Leader.
Some aspects of the legislation we were considering have merit. I continue to be concerned about disenfranchising military and overseas voters who take an active role in our elections. I also do not think we should be pressing unnecessary financial burdens on our county and municipal clerks. I think we still need to correct these issues and update state statutes related to special elections.
However, I agree that the timing of these changes, in the midst of court orders, does not serve us well. I respect our role as legislators on behalf of the people we represent and support the decision to proceed with special elections in the 1st Senate District and the 42nd Assembly District.”