Judge rejects Walker request to delay special election ruling

Posted at 8:06 PM, Mar 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-27 21:06:21-04

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A judge has rejected Gov. Scott Walker's attempt to avoid immediately calling special elections for a pair of vacant legislative seats.

The ruling Tuesday from Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess (NIECE) means Walker has until Thursday to order the special elections.

But they still may not happen.

The Legislature plans to vote next week on a bill changing the special election law. Under the bill, Walker would not be allowed to order special elections this year.

Walker's attorneys argued Tuesday it makes no sense to call the special elections given that the Legislature plans to change the law barring them from being held.

But Niess says the earlier ruling was "spot on" and there was no legitimate argument against delaying it, noting that there's been no appeal of that decision.