County clerks got this right

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Shifting an election for the sake of partisan advantage is wasteful, and corrupt.

FROM A STANDPOINT OF principle and political philosophy, it's clearly wrong that outgoing Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-controlled legislature would even consider trying to move the 2020 presidential primary in order to gain advantage for their chosen Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate.

The leadership has floated the idea of moving that 2020 election date during a planned lame duck session before Gov.-elect Tony Evers takes office. The motive is obvious. If the Supreme Court election and the presidential primary both take place in April 2020, voter turnout will be much higher and that could be a disadvantage for the likely conservative candidate for justice, Daniel Kelly.

Only in partisan politics would high voter turnout be considered a bad thing.

FOR THOSE WHO may be inclined to think in partisan terms, though, there also are strong practical reasons not to move the 2020 presidential primary to March.

Wisconsin county clerks quickly came out against the proposal. Already, there's a February primary for the court to be followed by the April regular elections. Throw in a shifted presidential primary from April to March and the clerks say it would be nearly impossible to get all three done effectively.

For taxpayers, it also would be expensive to run another election piled on top of the other two.

There's nothing wrong with the regularly scheduled election calendar. Turning it on its head, all for the sake of some perceived political advantage, shows just how far the system is drifting from commitment to fair play for all.

The county clerks have it right. This is a bad idea, hatched for all the wrong reasons. Don't do it.

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